During one of my recent visit to the grocery store (Woodman's is my store of choice) .I noticed this pack of tiny seeds (chia seeds) lying in the nuts and seeds section and I was instantaneously tempted to pick up one. Chia seeds are small in size, belongs to the species of mint family, are mottle in brown, white or black colors………
They are the native of Mexico and now known worldwide for their bountiful benefits.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
1) It contains more omega – 3 fatty acids than any other nuts, seeds or fish oil. Omega – 3 fatty acids are vital nutrients (can’t be synthesized by the body).
2) They contain high amounts of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and because of its fiber quality chia seeds can absorb more water than its weight /size which helps in constipation, lowering the cholesterol and triglycerides levels, controlling the blood sugar levels (diabetic friendly) and helps in weight loss by providing satiety.
3) 20% of chia seed is good quality protein (contains all essential amino acids) which makes it a great substitute for meat-less meals and hence a protein substitute in vegetarian diets.
4)Chia seeds reduce, inflammation, normalize blood pressure, good for heart’s health.
5) Chia seeds have loads of calcium (more than milk!!!! don’t be surprise!!!) phosphorus, manganese and potassium to promote healthy bones and muscle function.
6) Chia’s antioxidant army fights against free radicals and protects against various diseases and cancers.
7) They are gluten free, easy to digest and don’t have to be ground like flax seeds for better absorption Just 1- 2 tbsp. of chia seeds is what you need to get the requisite benefit.
Because of their mild nutty flavor they can be easily added to any dish or liquids.
Ways of having Chia Seeds
• Add to your fruit juice or lime water.
• Sprinkle it over your cereal and yogurt.
• Add to saute vegetables, salad and cut fruits.
• Soak chia seed in water (1 part chia + 9 part water) for some time, it will form a gel use this in soups, gravies for thickness.
• Blend chia into your milk shakes or smoothies.
• Use soaked chia seeds for puddings.
Go ahead and enjoy.
Stores where they can be found