They’re the seeds of the Salvia Hispanica plant (chia plant), native to South America. Evidence indicates that, as far back as the 1500’s chia seeds were being used for their health benefits by Aztec tribes. Claiming the seeds were ‘magical’ due to their ability to boost stamina and energize for long periods of time.
The chia seed is one of the most recognisable and widely used superfood. The little black seeds are considered to be one of nature’s most powerful superfoods, due to them being packed with valuable nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and proteins.
Just 2-3 Tablespoons a day provides you with 11g of fibre, 4g protein, 18% of your RDI (recommended daily intake) for calcium, 30% of your RDI for magnesium and manganese, 27% of your RDI for phosphorus and 5g Omega-3 fats.
We all need healthy fats in our diet, and chia is a superb way to get them. Omega’s are great for heart health, boosting immunity, nurturing brain health and treating inflammation. Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) which is an omega 3 fatty acid is also found in chia seeds. The fatty acid is thought to lower the growth of cancer cells in both cervical and breast cancer.
Chia seeds are little fibre boosters! Fibre helps to fill you up and keep you full for longer. The seed also absorbs and expands in the stomach causing you to feel full. Fibre is key for optimal health. Particularly in stabilisation of blood sugar and insulin levels as well as helping to regulate the bowel.
Chia is also a rich source of calcium and phosphorus. The two being hugely beneficial to the diet when focusing around up keeping strong and healthy bones. Phosphorus also has a role in synthesising protein and repairing cells and tissues. Resulting in your body healing/repairing faster.
Due to such an abundance of nutrients, energy is slowly released and sustained throughout the body, keeping you energised and satiated for longer periods of time.
To obtain maximal nutritional benefits its best to consume chia either soaked or ground. The superfood is super versatile, making it easy to include into your daily diet. Chia seeds when submerged in liquid develop a gelatinous coating. Because of this, chia can be used as a thickener, a binder, in jam or simply on its own.
Get the recipe for this Tropical Chia Pudding in our Christmas Ebook
Some tasty ways to make use of chia seeds are…
Homemade energy gels
Grain free crackers
The opportunities to use chia seeds are endless and the health benefits are had to pass up.
They’re a very versatile little seed to have in your cupboard… so join in on the superfood goodness!!