Over the last few months chia seeds infographics have been coming across my computer screen and piqued my interest. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the words Chia Seeds is the Chia Pet planter, that was so popular some time ago. Now, imagine my surprise when I discovered that Chia Seeds are actually good for you!
I discovered them at the local bulk store and gave it a try. I was impressed.
Chia Seeds Benefits
- Chia seeds got their name from the Mayan word for “strength”.
- The ancient Aztec warrior used the chia seeds during long journeys, because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.
- Also known as the “Indian Running Food”, chia seeds are perfect for runners and people who do aerobic exercise.
- They have a unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combined to slow down you body’s conversion of starches into sugars, and keep you fuller longer.
- Chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! It has one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 than any food.
- With nearly 11 grams of fiber per ounce, chia seeds deliver 42% of your recommended daily value of fiber in a single serving.
- Chia seeds absorb 12 times their weight. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer and retain electrolytes.
- The fiber in chia helps slow down digestion and makes you feel fuller longer, making them an ideal food for weightloss.
- Chia seeds take on the taste of whatever you add them to. Make chia seed puddings, add them so smoothies, dressings, dips, sauces and more.
Chia Seeds Facts
- 3x more iron than spinach
- 3-5x more calcium than milk
- 8x more omega-3 than salmon
- 15x more antioxidants than blueberries
More Chia Seeds Benefits
- Help control appetite and balance blood sugar
- Help prevent diverticulitis and diverticulosis
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Can be used for baking as a butter substitute
- Control sugar cravings and aids in weight loss
- Provide fiber, protein, antixoidants and minerals
- They are affordable and chemical-free
- Improve memory, mood and overall energy
- Improve health of skin, nails and hair
- Are are mineral powerhouse and great detoxifier
You can purchase chia seeds whole and ground. If you like to feel the seeds between your teeth, use whole if you not, use ground seeds. The result is the same, a jelly like mass.
I love to make pudding desserts with chia seeds. It is so simple
- Take whatever liquid you have at hand – juice, nut milk, regular milk, eggnog
- For 1 portion take ¾ – 1 cup liquid
- 2 heaping teaspoons chia seeds (to start with, if you want a thicker pudding just add more seeds)
- mix well and let rest for about 5 minutes
- If you like your pudding cold, put in fridge for 30-60 minutes
- That’s it, bon appetit
I also add 1 teaspoon chia seeds to my home made salad dressing