If you haven’t heard of chia seeds yet I’d be surprised. This is definitely something you should check out.
Chia seed is a superfood with so many benefits!
They are one of the most nutritious superfoods known! Chia is an edible seed that comes from a member of the mint family called Salvia hispanica, which grows in southern Mexico. It used to be a common crop centuries ago, but was nearly forgotten. Now, it is making a comeback and more readily available.
Chia seeds are said to have:
2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that
helps transfer calcium into your bones,
2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
3 times more iron than spinach
copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids…
They are a complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. They are also a fabulous source of soluble fiber.
Like flax, chia is highly ‘hydrophilic’ – the seeds absorb water and create a gel. They can hold 9-12 times their weight in water and they absorb it very rapidly – in under 10 minutes.
One advantage of chia is that because it has such a high antioxidant content, the seeds stay stable for much longer, whereas flax, for example, may turn rancid. Chia seeds can easily be stored dry for 4-5 years without deterioration in flavor, odor or nutritional value. You can substitute chia in any recipe that calls for flax.
The taste of chia is very mild and pleasant which makes it easy to add goodness to your kids diet. That means you can easily combine it with other foods without changing the taste dramatically. I add these little seeds to salads, smoothies, oatmeal, sauces and lots of other foods.
The ‘Dieter’s Dream Food’
Chia has been called a dieter’s dream food because when added to foods, it bulks them up, displacing calories and fat without diluting the flavor. Thus, someone can eat a typical serving, yet only consume about half the calories they might have eaten, because the food has been bulked up with chia. PLUS, the eater gets a bellyful of nutrient-rich superfood goodness, which hydrates and sustains them.
You can buy them prepackaged or in bulk. I buy mine in bulk from Whole Foods and they are really reasonably priced. These are definitely something you should add to your diet!