There is such a superfood craze going on the past couple of years and for good reason. Many of these products have been around for centuries with so many health benefits, so why won’t we give it a try? You don’t even have to change your everyday diet, but choose whatever seems to benefit your body and add them to your meals and snacks. This Tuesday we highlight Chia seeds.
They can be bought practically anywhere nowadays and are so easy to add in your smoothies, oatmeal and a whole range of other dishes. Ok, we can go on and on about this product, but let us just give you some quick facts before you go running to your nearest grocery store and get your chia on!
- The word “chia” is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily.
- It was one of the most important crops for the Aztecs. For them it was a superfood, which was even used as currency
- Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala
- Chia seeds make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol.
- The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. While soaking, the seeds develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating
- Chia seeds are gluten free
- It contains calcium and can supply 18% of our daily value per ounce. This makes it a perfect product for people who suffer from lactose intolerance and vegetarians with low calcium levels. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, a disorder characterized by porous and fragile bones
- High in dietary fiber, which stimulates a good digestion and prevents digestive problems
- The black seeds have a bit more antioxidants than the white ones. The white seeds have a bit more protein and a milder flavor, however their nutritional content is nearly similar
Tip: Try to avoid buying the red seeds, because these are the immature chia seeds, or black seeds that are smaller than regular chia seeds, which are called weed seeds
Tip: You can even prepare a delicious chia pudding by adding any type of milk, some honey and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Make it even better by adding some fresh fruits and nuts. It’s such a good snack or quick breakfast.