The edible little chia seed, meaning “strength“, is from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. It is a superfood packed with protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous for bone and teeth health, and omega 3 fatty acids for brain health.
One little seed packs a lot of punch! They hold 8-10 times their weight in water, so they are a soluble fibre and keep you full for long. You can sprinkle them on salads, use them in baking, or soak them in water to use as an egg substitute. A tip: if you are adding dry chia to salads or fruit, be sure there is enough liquid in your meal for the chia to absorb. Otherwise, they can be dehydrating as they will want to pull water from your body.
Here are 4 ways to include chia seeds in your diet~
- Raw Chick Pea Protein Bites, read more
- Sprinkle chia seeds on your smoothie bowl
- Magical Blueberry Chia Seed Jam, recipe by Oh She Glows
- Raspberry Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding…All it takes is
- 3 Tablespoons seeds
- 1 cup almond, coconut, soy, rice or cow’s milk
- a tsp of raw honey, maple syrup or Agave nectar
- dash cinnamon
- 1 Tblsp cacao powder or grated dark chocolate
- Combine ingredients in a jar, lid, shake and refrigerate overnight. Add raspberries, granola, shredded coconut, cacao nibs or nuts in the morning and enjoy chilled or warm with a drizzle of milk. This pudding packs well in a mason jar to take with you as a snack on-the-go.