I love chia seeds and recommend them all the time for health and nutrition as well as for thickening and adding a jelly-like texture to foods.
What’s so great about chia seeds?
- Protein: one of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein meaning chia seeds contain all the amino acids your body needs to build protein.
- Omega–3: chia is one of the richest plant sources of omega–3 fatty acid, by weight chia seeds, contain more than salmon.
- Calcium: just two tablespoons of chia seeds have 20% of your recommended daily intake. They also have the ideal ratios of calcium to magnesium (2:1) and calcium to phosphorus, all needed for healthy bones. Chia seeds contain both magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium.
- Fibre: chia seeds are a great source of fibre, two tablespoons have almost 50% of your recommended daily intake. Chia seed fibre is gentle on the tummy and soothing to mucus membranes (which line our entire insides). Chia seeds are mucilaginous, which gives them that jelly, gooey texture and helps with sore throats, heartburn, and stomach ulcers. This type of fibre is great for staying “regular” and is balancing when it comes to your bowels (meaning if you’re having issues on either end of the pooping spectrum, it’ll even things out).
- Balancing blood sugar: the combination of soluble and insoluble fibre contained in chia seeds is great to slow the conversion of foods into sugar and expands in your gut making you feel full for longer.
- Antioxidants: Chia seeds are high in antioxidants which help to prevent free–radical damage in the body, and therefore inflammation of tissues and premature aging (also known as wrinkles!).
How to eat ’em
Chia seeds are best eaten raw (uncooked) either ground or soaked. Since they absorb about ten times their weight in water, you’ll want to let them soak for about ten minutes and let them soften and plump up before eating them. We like to use chia seeds in jams, puddings and cereals. Chia Seed Pudding is like traditional rice or tapioca pudding, only much healthier.
Power Porridge can includes chia seeds along with hemp seeds, coconut and oats.
You can stir them into chocolate milk (like our Chocolate Almond Milk) for a quick and easy chocolate pudding.
They have no flavour on their own and will easily take on the flavour of whatever foods you add them to, both sweet and savoury.