Modern Day Super Food : Chia Seeds
Did you know that Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods in the planet. They are pack with nutrients which has important benefits to our body and brain. Chia Seeds are amazing super food. They are high in fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micro-nutrients. I like to add it to my oats for breakfast, to my daily lemon water – chia seeds drink. You may take it raw or cooked.
Chia seeds are important food for the Mayans and Aztecs back in the days. It is related to mint and came from the plant Salvia Hispanica. This tiny black seed has the ability to provide sustainable energy. Similarly it is where the ancient Mayan word “Chia” came from, which is also known as “strength”. So don’t be fooled by the size, these tiny seeds are overflowing with nutritional punch.
What are the health benefits
- Normalizes Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Uric Acid
- Eliminates Knee and Joint Pain (Arthritis)
- Cleanses the colon
- Prevents Cancer
- Strengthen immune system
- Promotes sound sleep
- Good for digestion
- Gets rid of toxin
- Reduce inflammation
- Hyper acidity disorder
- Healthy hair, nails and skin
- Boost Energy and Stamina
- High in Fiber
- Lessen appetite
- Helps in weight loss
Chia Seeds is one of the worlds best sources of several important nutrients. It is a whole grain food and grown organically. At the same time it is naturally free of gluten and non GMO. The carbohydrates content of Chia Seeds are almost all fiber. Likewise Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. The protein which can be found in Chia seeds are weight loss friendly macro nutrients which can reduce appetite and cravings.
How to incorporate Chia seeds to your diet
Its very easy to include Chia seeds to your diet. The seeds themselves taste rather bland. It can be added to pretty much anything. Preparation are easier since you don’t have to ground them unlike flax seeds. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridge, pudding, smoothies or added to baked goods.
You can use it as a toppings on cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes. They can also be used to thicken sauces and as egg substitutes because they have the ability to absorb both water and fat. Adding Chia seeds to simple dishes will impressively boost the nutritional value. A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of Chia seeds, twice per day.
Easy Chia Recipes
One of the simplest ways to include Chia seeds in your diet is to add them to water. To make Chia Water, soak 1/4 cups of Chia seeds in 4 cups of water ( 1 liter ) for at least 30 minutes. To add flavor you may add lime, lemon, orange, cucumber or mint.
Chia Oats. Mix ½ cup Chia Seeds, ½ cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of milk and refrigerate overnight. Top with your favorite toppings, you can add like nuts, berries and fruits. Enjoy the Chia goodness.
Green Vegetable Salad – Simply mix Chia seeds to your favorite salad vegetables (lettuce, tomato, cucumber and carrots). It gives some texture and healthy boost. You can also incorporate them to your salad dressing, whether it be yogurt or vinaigrette dressing.
Chia Seeds as toppings – it can be sprinkled on top of everything. I tried it on steam rice, added an appetizing effect with healthy benefits. On fresh fruits, its great on top of watermelon, papaya, apples and even on avocados. For baked goodies, focaccia breads are more delicious if you add herbs and Chia seeds on top. If you are on the go and you want a healthy snack, it makes a great toppings with added texture.
If you haven’t tried Chia seeds yet, you should definitely consider adding them to your diet. They’re among the few super foods worthy of the title. For more healthy recipes check us out. You can buy your Chia seeds at Healthy Options or online at Greenola.