Chia: The Amazing Superfood You Need to Know AboutFeb 01, 2021
The seeds are tiny yet mighty in their nutritional benefits. They swell to 10 times their original size when placed in liquid, making them ideal for thickening puddings and smoothies.
Just a few of the benefits of the seeds include:
- High in omega-3 fatty acids
- Great source of soluble and insoluble fiber
- More calcium than milk per serving
- Higher in antioxidants than blueberries
- High in vitamins A, B, D, and E
- Loaded with magnesium
- Good source of protein
- Easy to digest and assimilate (low in phytates)
- Helps balance blood sugar levels and gets rid of sugar cravings
It's a true superfood. The direct translation of chia means strength in the Mayan language and was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca, and Aztec people. Apparently, they used to trade seeds for gold as they were such a valuable source of energy.
Some of my favorite ways to eat chia include soaking them for an hour in coconut milk and a bit of maple syrup and eating that for dessert or breakfast with fresh berries, sprinkling them on salads or soups, adding them to homemade crackers, blending them into my smoothies and of course, delectable puddings.
Not only are they highly nutritious, but chia seeds are also filling and tasty. Here’s one of my favorite chia seed recipes.
Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon stevia
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill in the refrigerator until the chia turns into a pudding consistency, about 20 minutes.
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