I adore Chia seeds. Ever since they came into my life, it has been a love affair that will stand the test of time. I've had flings with seeds, nuts (haven't we all!), powders, juices....you name it, I still like them all but none have my heart quite like Chia. Let me tell you why....
What are They?
They are a tiny seed, originally grown in South America and used by the Aztec's for energy. Now grown widely in warm areas for their other many, many amazing health benefits. They can be white or black and have the exact same nutritional benefits whichever colour you buy them in. Most of the Chia seed growing here in Australia is up in the Kimberley region of WA. My favourite brand come from there - Chia Co. This is not a sponsored post in any way, I just love their brand due to their sustainable farming methods, the quality and the belief in their product.
If you click on this link you will find even more recipes and information on this amazing and tiny little seed.
I buy them in the 1kg size as we put them in everything so it's much more economical but I store in a glass jar
So What Are They Good For?
They contain primarily Omega 3 and Dietary Fibre, more than any other food from nature and are also very high in protein. Oh and minerals and antioxidants! Could they be any better? What this means for us, by adding them to the diet, is that we are keeping our bowels healthier and metabolism higher and balancing out our other fatty based foods which are high in omega 6 and 9. We need all the omega's but they need to be balanced or our body becomes inflamed* (think suppressed immunity, arthritis, joint pain in general, skin problems like eczema and dermatitis). Because our modern day diets have unfortunately become very high in omega 6 and 9 and not enough omega 3, inflammatory and acidic conditions of the body are suffered by nearly everyone.
So reasons to add this seed to your diet ? If you suffer from:
Fatigue or poor sleep patterns
Diabetes type 2 or poor blood sugar level control
Brittle hair, nails or poor skin
Osteoporosis or brittle bones
Guess what else you can do with Chia??
- Make your own healthy jam! Yes, how clever! Due to the gelatinizing properties, you can use fresh or frozen fruit of your choice with chia and perhaps a little maple syrup or coconut sugar to sweeten (if needed), check this recipe out thanks to Oh She Glows
- Say Goodbye to soggy sandwiches! If you sprinkle a sandwich or wrap that you are taking for lunch or popping in your kids lunch box, then a sprinkle of chia seeds on top will absorb any moisture leaking out of the fillings and keep your bread/wrap nice and dry! You might even put tomato sandwiches back in the lunch boxes with success!!
Chia mousse - 1 cup of chia seeds, 2 cups coconut milk, soak and stir for about 5 mins, then add one teaspoons of raw cocoa powder and you have chocolate chia mousse!Serve with cashew cream and fresh fruit or even a fruit puree as a sauce
- Chia puddings!
- Choc Smoothie/pudding
Well that should be enough to get you started and let me know if you have any other ideas and share with us any great recipes you have that may incorporate my favourite seeds?
Yours in health,