Chia Seed Pot
It is fitting that Chia Seeds are valued for their energy-boosting properties, as Chia is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’. Despite their tiny size, Chia Seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, loaded with fibre, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids & micronutrients.
Almost all of the carbohydrates in Chia Seeds are fibre, giving them the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water & expanding in your stomach. This should increase the feeling of ‘fullness’, slow down the absorption of your food & help you to ultimately eat fewer calories. There are some studies that have shown a reduction in blood pressure & can lead to a reduced risk for type-2 diabetes.
Fibre also has many beneficial effects on health; it doesn’t raise blood sugar, doesn’t require insulin to be disposed of, therefore counts as low-carb.
Naturally high in protein, Chia Seeds are also an excellent way to balance protein intake by people who eat little or no animal products.
Chia Seeds are also high in several nutrients that are important for bone health, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus & protein. In fact, you can get nearly 20% of your calcium RDA in a single ounce (28 grammes). By weight, that is higher than most dairy products.
Apart from the health benefits, they are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet & you can eat them every day.
The seeds themselves are rather neutral tasting so you can add them to almost anything. They also don’t need to be ground down or milled, which makes them much easier to prepare. They can be eaten raw sprinkled on salads, added to porridge & puddings, or used in baking. For those avoiding animal products, they’re ideal for thickening sauces or even as a substitute for eggs in certain recipes because of their ability to absorb as much liquid as they do.
If you haven’t tried these before, now’s the time to jump on the Chia bandwagon & dramatically boost the nutritional value of anything you add them to!