I started eating a tablespoon of Chia seeds, every morning, three months ago after a mama told me all about the benefits of chia seeds and how much they were helping her with her energy levels. Before then I only knew the seed from the chia pets and its ability to mimic a green growing fro.
Chia has been a well-known source for vital nourishment and energy from as far back as the Mayan and Inca empires, who according to historians, “would make their long treks with only water and chia seeds to sustain them.”
Chia seeds are awesome! I am officially a fan. They are reported to contain the highest plant source of Omega-3 found on Earth. They are extremely high in antioxidants, which is great news for all us mamas who are definitely noticing more laughter lines on our faces. Without any preservatives or chemicals chia seeds can stay tasting fresh for a remarkable two years!
The chia seed looks like an elongated big poppy seed and is a complete source of protein with all 9 amino acids. In short… it is da bomb!
On top of all this it also works as a great slimming agent. When chia seeds are exposed to water they open up and absorb 10 times their volume,forming a gel. This gel, in your stomach, is great for many reasons. It keeps your body hydrated, slows down the conversion from starches into sugar (therefore evening out sugar spikes), makes you feel fuller longer and is a great source of fiber to keep all the plumbing regular.
They don’t have a strong taste so make a great addition to salads, quinoa, rice, pasta… pretty much everything. I do however think the packaged chia seeds feel better than the bulk, but that is only my preference.
Thanks to Brittany from Sage Life Catering the following are two recipes that include this incredible life changing seed that both parents and children should enjoy.
Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist