You may have seen chia seeds in your health food store or sprinkled on top of salads at restaurants, but you might still be wondering what the fuss is about.
These tiny black seeds are derived from a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family called Salvia hispanica L. They grow abundantly in South America, Mexico, and Guatemala and were an important food for Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. Chia seeds are a rich source of nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.
Chia seeds are a good source of protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and more.
Chia seeds contain many beneficial nutrients. They are high in protein (6 grams per ounce), fibre (12 grams per ounce) and contain calcium, iron and antioxidants.
It’s important to note that chia seeds do not contain all the essential amino acids needed by your body. However, this can be easily remedied by consuming foods rich in other amino acids or pairing chia seeds with other foods rich in them.
Including chia seeds in your diet is an easy way to increase the nutritional value of your meals and snacks.
Chia seeds are also easy to find & are incredibly easy to use. They don't require any preparation before you eat them and they're safe for most people with food allergies and sensitivities because they're not a major allergen themselves.
If you want a simple snack that contains chia seeds and is great for people who are on-the-go, try making some chia seed pudding!
1 x part dairy-free milk, 1 tbsp sweetener such as honey, 1 x part chia seeds & that's it. Mix until smooth and add toppings like fresh fruit, nuts or nut butter.
The flavours will come together after about an hour in the fridge so prepare this recipe ahead of time if possible; otherwise give it a quick stir every 30 minutes while waiting at work or school so that it doesn't become too thick (you can also add more dairy-free milk if necessary).