Chia seeds are little seeds packed with goodness! So versatile, packed with nutrients and rich in Omega 3’s. You will soon learn to love these little superfood seeds. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that's native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests it was a very important food crop for the Aztecs. It's remained in regular use in its native countries, but was largely unknown in North America until the last couple of decades. Some of their health benefits include boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol.
Many people are very deficient in Omega 3’s and as fish now has so many contaminants people are looking for safe and healthy alternatives to boost Omega 3 oils in their diet. So along come Chia Seeds! They contain 8 times more Omega 3 than Salmon! Wow. These little seeds, which come in either white or a dark brown and black colour, have a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits.
The simplest way to use them is to add them to your smoothie. Chia seeds expand in water so they help to make your smoothie really thick and really fill you up! Very handy when you want a satisfying smoothie that will keep you going without snacking. As they expand they release their goodness, rich oils and omega 3’s and produce a jelly like consistency which makes them very useful in raw food recipes when you want to add a thickener. Chia seed jam is the perfect use for this, and they are often used to make a pudding. (See our recipe section for our mango chia seed pudding with coconut milk. Yum!)
Some people soak their chia seeds and put them in the fridge so they are ready to use and stir into a recipe. If you don’t like the texture then grind the seeds first and store in an airtight container ready to use.
They can be sprinkled on cereal, made into jam, used in your smoothie, added to salads and made into yummy puddings and raw cakes and energy balls. Get your hands on some Chia Power!
Per 12g serving:
All figures are approximate and can vary.
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