Chia: The Powerful Little Seed

 
"Ch-ch-ch-chia!" Being an 80's child I absolutely loved the chia commercials and always wanted a Chia Pet. Believe it or not, the exact same seed used to create the Chia Pet is this same nutritious little seed that has been getting a lot of hype lately. So what are chia seeds? Chia seeds (aka Salvia hispanica or Salba) are small like quinoa or poppy seeds, are either black or greyish in color and are a member of the mint family.  They do not have a taste and can be easily added to almost anything! 

The Nutritional Facts: per 1 tablespoon
  • High Fiber (4g; approximately 15% of your daily required intake) - Easily digestible form of soluble fiber
  • Contains Essential Fatty Acids (1874mg of Omega 3)
  • Contains Calcium, Manganese and B-vitamins 
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Glycemic Index  
You can find chia seeds at health food stores and most major grocery stores. When buying, ensure the seeds are non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not need to be stored in the freezer or ground. I suggest storing them in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator. 

So, now that you know all about the health benefits of chia seeds how are you going to use them? Samantha Peris, holistic nutritionist, creates the most delicious creations, which are always super healthy and chock-full of super foods. What could be better  than chocolate, banana and coconut? Not much. 
Her Coco-Choco-Chia Pudding is a definite must try! 

Other ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet: 
  • Add 1 tablespoon to a litre of water and a squeeze of lemon or lime
  • Add 1 tablespoon to your smoothie
  • Sprinkle over cereal, oatmeal or granola
  • Add chia seeds to your salad or salad dressing
  • Eat seeds raw as a snack
  • Stir chia seeds into peanut butter or almond butter for a nutrient dense spread
  • Mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with a quarter cup of water to make an egg substitute for baking
So give this little nutrient dense seed a try! I would love to hear your thoughts about chia seeds and the different ways you incorporate them into your diet!


Best in health,
Kate


http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ndnet.ca/databases/herbssupplements/chia.asp
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA365093/Chia-for-Health.html
http://truroots.com/products/truroots-single-grains/organic-chia-seeds/
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