A-Z of Plantalicious ingredients  C is for Chia Seeds

 

I thought that I would use letter C to talk about Chia Seeds.  I came across them when I used to spend half of my time in Canada before they were common iin the UK.
I cannot recall how I discovered them, but they are tiny little nutritional powerhouses. They are apparantly a Mayan Superfood.  They are part of the salvia family and look like slightly larger poppy seeds.  They have an amazing ability to aborb up to 11 x their on weight in water/liquid.  (The ranges I have seen are from 9-17 x).
Why should you bother with them?
  • Combat Diabetes

Chia seeds might be a potential natural treatment for Type 2 Diabetes due to their ability to slow down digestiion.  The gelatinous nature of chia seeds when added to liquids can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

 

  • Improve Heart Health

Chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics and may also lower cholesterol.

  • High in Fibre

Chia seeds are very high in fibre and so good for your digestive health and keeeping you “regular”.

  • Bags of Omega 3 – Good for Brain Health

The high level of Omega 3’s in chia seeds are good for your brain health.

  • Calcium – Helps fight Osteoporosis

Good for bones and teeth as Chia seeds are very high in Calcium.

  • A good source of Protein

Chia seeds are a good source of dietary protein and without any cholesterol too!

  • Sources of minerals

Chia seeds contain Maganese which helps your body use other essentail nutrients like biotin and thiamin.  They also contain phosphorus which helps with your teeth and bones whilst synthesizing protein which helps your body repair itself.

  • Fill your boots and smile

Chia seeds contain Tryptophan, an amino acid that helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve your mood.

So how can you incorporate chia seeds into your diet?  Easily –
Just sprinkle them on salads, add to baked goods, make crackers incorporting them, or a simple chia pudding:
Here is a chia pudding that you could use for dessert or breakfast –
2 cups of plant milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
1/2 cup of whole (or milled) chia seeds
1 Cup of fresh or frozen berries
Garnish with a sprinkling of cacao nibs (optional)
Method – Mix together ingredients.  Chill for several hours, and then serve with a sprinkling of cocao nibs.
You can also mix this up and make it with banana and maple syrup which I love.
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3 replies
  1. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    I have been hearing a lot about Chia seeds lately and after coming across this blog, I had no idea that they were packed with such goodness! So many friends in my health community have been raving about them, but for whatever reason, I’ve just been skeptical. I think it might have something to do with the fact that they seem like their consistency would be too “crunchy”. However, you can put them in anything and they basically dissolve. I suppose when it comes to nutrition and health, I will give anything a try. I do need more fiber in my diet and perhaps these little seeds are the key. Thanks again Barry!!! I LOVE this site!

    Oh and I can’t wait to try your chia pudding recipe!

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  2. Nussare
    Nussare says:

    Great article, I was similar to Nikki, very hesitant and cautious when I first herd about chia seeds, too good to be true…?
    Now they are an integral part of my diet, I know when I have forgotten to eat them, they make me feel supple and when eaten in the morning I don’t really get hungry, which means other meal times I don’t eat so much.
    Everyone should give them ago, but not a onetime hit. try them everyday for 2-3 weeks, start with a table spoon and increase to 2. You won’t want to be without them again.

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