Why you might consider adding Chia Seeds to your daily routine
Originally grown in Mexico, this member of the mint family has an amazing nutrient profile.
Chia seeds offer high fiber, protein and Omega 3 fatty acid. Also, calcium, as well as other minerals, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.
They offer a great energy boost (which is what the Aztec warriors and Mayans used chia for) as well as all the health benefits of high fiber. Fiber details here.
Briefly, these seeds benefit our digestive system, cardiovascular system, help treat type 2 diabetes, as well as decreasing chronic inflammation which contributes to many types of cancers.
So how exactly does one eat chia seeds?
- They may be added to many recipes whole, like shakes, breads, etc.
- They may be eaten soaked, (they absorb 27 times their weight in liquid). to make a gel 1.5 tablespoons of chia in 1 cup of liquid, and let stand 30 minutes.
- They can be ground into a powder. (Unlike flax they are easily digestible whole and do not need to be ground.)
- Making overnight oats with chia is one way to have a fast nutritious breakfast ready to go in the morning.
- Chia seeds are delicious as a pudding for dessert or a pick me up when the 3pm energy drain happens.