2 X more protein than any other seed or grain
5 X more calcium than milk
3 X the iron of spinach
3 X the antioxidant strength of blueberries
8 X more Omega-3 than salmon
2 X more potassium than a banana
7 X more Vitamin C than oranges
What is it?
These tiny black seeds are packed with nutrients. They are also all natural, have no cholesterol or trans fat, and they are gluten free. Chia is a natural anti-inflammatory thanks to it’s high Omega-3 levels. Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, chia seeds are also known to prevent cancer and fight degenerative disease because of how the antioxidants protect the cells of the body from oxidation and free radicals. Chia seeds also help boost the immune system due to their antioxidants, zinc and Vitamin C value. The ALA (Alpha linolenic acid) in chia seeds is the only known essential omega-3 that the body can’t produce itself. These are just some of the reasons why I include chia seeds in my diet. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
You can add chia seeds to smoothies, just scoop 1-2 teaspoons into any smoothie you want. It will thicken the smoothie a little bit, with a gel like texture, but it doesn’t really effect the taste.
Chia seeds are always easy to add onto salads by tossing them in and letting them stick to the lettuce or vegetables. Chia seeds mixed with warm water is also an egg replacement, used often in vegan baking and cooking. Mixing some chia seeds into cooked oatmeal is another way to get your daily dose!
Making a chia seed pudding is easy and gives you an opportunity to be creative.
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, soy)
- 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 ½ tablespoons of sweetener (maple syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar)
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- Combine ingredients and refrigerate overnight so the mixture can thicken.
- You can then add any fruits, nuts, seeds or topping that you’d like
If you soak chia seeds in water, they will soak 12 X their weight in water. I’ve heard many stories about great endurance athletes drinking this to stay hydrated during long runs.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- fresh lemon or lime juice
- honey or sweetener of your choice
- Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir again. The more it sits the more gel-like it becomes.
Mama Chia snacks are also one of my favourite! In an easy and convenient squeezable pouch, organic chia seeds are infused with fruit and vegetables. It’s one of my favourite snacks to bring with me on the road during my travels.
If you don’t already include chia seeds in your diet, I suggest that you start. Who knew that these tiny black seeds packed so much nutritional punch?