Chia seeds are awesome!

 

Chia has been trending in my health food radar recently, and I didn’t really get the point until I tried it today. I figured it was another superfood grain or nutty additive like flax seed or nutritional yeast. I had some today, and it felt awesome!

 

Medical Benefits, Nutrition Profile, & Recipes:

Benefits:

Nutrition Profile:

Its much loved for its Omega 3, 6, & 9 content, as an antioxidant (re: anti-aging and good skin). Vitamin and mineral content wise it is high in phosphorus and calcium. It’s also high in Fiber and keeps you full longer, so people have used it for weight loss. It also helps with energy and gives you an overall feeling of well-being.

As with anything, there are some things to watch out for:

  • Lower blood pressure and blood sugar might be a concern for some
  • Dehydration from consuming raw seeds, since they gel and absorb liquid
  • Ineffective low quality chia, or GMOs that have very little health benefit


http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2

Eat Chia seeds:

  • In smoothies or vitamin water.
  • Overnight oats, parfaits, puddings.
  • Add it to yoghurt, granola bars, energy balls, or cereals.
  • The seeds gel (re: fiber) when it meets a liquid so it is also often used as a thickener or in the place of cornstarch.

 

Recipies:

http://www.theskinnyfork.com/blog/chia-fresca

Chia Fresca from Skinny fork.com

http://jensaves.com/strawberry-shortcake-protein-overnight-oatmeal/

Strawberries and cream protein overnight oats from jen saves.com

http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/healthy-coffee-smoothie-breakfast-recipe/#3vuvZfZPJ2QkfrXU.97

Healthy coffee smoothie from Jamie oliver.com

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1392703-chia-chocolate-superfood-bites/

Chia chocolate superfood bites from Epoch times.com

http://www.rawmazing.com/recipe/raw-pumpkin-cranberry-ginger-parfaits/

Raw pumpkin cranberry ginger parfaits from raw mazing.com

https://www.thehealthychef.com/2012/06/gluten-free-bread/

Gluten free quinoa and chia bread from the healthy chef.com

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English: This is a clay duck figure from Mexico City with chia growing as its “fur”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ps. It *is* the chia pet plant haha!

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