Chia seeds (Chia Salvia Hispanica) were a staple food source for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Chia seeds are gluten free, cholesterol free, low GI and easily digested. Chia seeds are energizing -not only do chia seeds give you a boost of energy that lasts, they also provide stamina and endurance. A single tablespoon could sustain Aztec warriors for an entire day due to their ability to retain electrolytes in body fluids.
Apart from being delicious, Chia seeds are nutritious – on top of the fact that chia seeds have more omega-3 than any other natural source, they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fibre, and many other vitamins & minerals.
Chia seeds reduce cravings because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble fibre levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.
Plus they are a dieters dream as one property of chia seed is that once mixed with water (9 parts water to one part seeds) the soaked seeds (whisk while adding the seeds to avoid lumps – leave for 10 minutes then stir again) form a gel, with a slightly nutty taste, which can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Add the gel to foods like yogurt, milkshakes, smoothies, sauces or juice, basically what you are doing is “displacing calories” by increasing the volume of a food with a healthy ingredient which is 90% water.
Chia seeds contain:
Essential fatty acids – Omega-3 and Omega-6 – they are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
Protein – chia seeds are a source of complete protein, providing all the essential amino acids.
Vitamins – Large amounts of B group Vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and trace amounts of all B vitamins.
Calcium – chia seeds have 5 times as much calcium as milk, 2 ounces (100 grams) of chia seeds contain 600mg of calcium, boron and fibre.
Convenient and versatile chia seeds can be eaten chia seeds straight from the bag, mixed with your favourite drinks, added to your cereal or salad, and just about anything else. Plus Chia seeds last for years!