Chia is a superfood seed which derives from Salvia Hispanica, a desert plant natively grown in South America. These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch, with one ounce containing roughly 139 calories, four grams of protein, eleven grams of fiber, nine grams of fat, and not to mention antioxidants and a healthy dose of calcium, manganese, and omega-3s. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be easily absorbed by the body. Cooking with chia seeds is easy and effortless, since they lend well to cooked and raw foods, especially raw puddings. Their mild flavour makes them an ideal versatile ingredient to add to foods or beverages.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
- Provides energy
- Boosts strength
- Improves endurance
- Levels out blood sugar
- Aids with intestinal regularity
- Lowers cholesterol
- Helps reduce acid reflux
How to incorporate chia seeds into recipes?
- Add to yogurt, fruit purees, rice dishes, salads and salad dressings.
- Use as a substitute for eggs in vegan recipes by mixing with water (1 tbs. chia seeds : 3 tbs. warm water). Let sit for 5-10 minutes until thickened.
- Add to drinks and smoothies for a denser consistency.
- Add a tablespoon or two to baked goods, such as muffins, breads, etc.
- Sprinkle on cereals or mix into granola or energy bars.
Try these nutritious and delicious chia seed recipes: