Superfood series - C H I A
The best part about Chia seeds for me, has got to be how fibre rich they are and how easy they are to use. You can add them to smoothies, sprinkle them on your morning porridge or on salads and even use them as an egg substitute in baking. They are pretty much tasteless which makes them a fantastic fibre supplement instead of the alternative, rather disgusting, and choke worthy - psyllium husks. I have about 1-2 tablespoons of Chia almost every day. A tablespoon on my porridge for breakfast and another in my smoothie after lunch.
Chia was first used by the Aztecs and Mayans as early as 3500 B.C. They were used in many ways, mixed with water, other foods or in medicines, drunk as a beverage, ground into flour or pressed for oil. The aztecs also offered chia to the gods during religious ceremonies.
The power of Chia lays in its impressive nutrient profile for such a tiny little seed. They are incredibly rich in plant based omega-3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. They contain about, 37% dietary fibre, 20% omega 3 ALA, and 20% protein.
Fibre is also beneficial in building and maintaining good gut bacteria which is very important in fighting disease. By adding a tablespoon of chia to your daily diet your getting 3g of omega-3 ALA and 6g of dietary fibre. They also contain a healthy dose of calcium plus iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and magnesium.
Increased energy levels
Aid in mobility and muscle repair
Improve digestion, bowel regulation and intestinal health
Lower bad cholesterol and promote heart health
Help with satiety and weight management
Provide slow release energy, balance blood sugar and mood
Benefit brain health with good fats
Promote the health of hair, skin and nails
Anti-inflammatory, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, low saturated fat and OMS friendly
Antioxidant rich - cell protective and anti-aging
Affordable and available in the health section of your supermarket
For vegan baking you can try this easy chia egg recipe.
CHIA EGG RECIPE
This recipe equals 1 normal egg
Add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds to 3 tablespoons of water
Mix well or blend in a blender
- Place in the fridge to set for 10 minutes
- The Chia seeds will absorb the water and go all gooey
- Add all of it to your desired recipe