Chi- chi- chi chia! At some point in life you probably ended up with a ceramic head, cow, or bunny and a pack of chia seeds. Oh the lovable Chia Pet. Usually intended as a quick gag gift that might sprout once in it’s brief home on your kitchen counter, the nostalgic earthen wear surprisingly harbors an Aztec worshiped super food!
Forget about the grass. The tiny black Chia seed is oozing with Omega-3’s and fiber. Even higher levels than flaxseeds. This Mexican and Central American native was the main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors.
1.) Are rich in vital Omega-3’s. More than flax seeds!
2.) So high in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.
3.) Don’t have to be ground, like flax seeds, to make their nutrients available to the body.
4.) Are full of these goodies: fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Just Add Water! When added to water and allowed to sit for 1/2 an hour, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest this occurs in the stomach and slows down the break down of carbs into sugar. Which means you feel satisfied longer and insulin doesn’t spike as much.
Quick recipe: 1 tablespoon of seeds, water, lemon or lime juice and raw sugar. Yum!
How To Use Chia: use these powerful little guys like you’d use flax seeds. Sprinkle ground or whole seeds on cereal, on top of yogurt, in salads, smoothies or just munch as a snack. Grind for use in flours for baked goods as well.
Where do you get your omega-3’s from? Nuts, seeds, or their oils? Fish or fish oil supplements? There’s a wide variety of options and the debate on which is better will forever unravel. This works for me at the moment. What works for your body?