Chia seeds used to be for Chia pets, but not anymore. In the past 5 to 10 years Chia has become the superfood that everyone is raving about.
Although it has been popular only for the last few years, Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years. The Mayans used Chia seeds for strength, (actually in the Mayan language, chia means strength) and also to enhance one’s sex life and the Aztec Warriors carried Chia seeds with them to war because just a cup of those seeds could bulk up into a big meal and that made it a war staple.
Here are a few facts about Chia seeds that makes it the wonder food it is today.
- They are very high in antioxidants… Having one spoon of chia seeds is equivalent to having 2 pints of blueberries. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, thus preventing cell damage and nipping diseases like cancer in the bud.
- Chia is high in manganese and magnesium content. In fact one oz. of chia seeds fulfils 30% of the daily requirements of manganese and magnesium and 20% of calcium. The potassium in Chia seeds helps relief from edema.
- They absorb water 12 times of their weight. Their very capacity to hold water makes chia seeds a great food for athletes to consume before or after a run as they maintain hydration and retain electrolytes.
- Not to mention Chia is very rich in dietary fiber which is the property that keeps one regular and also full for a longer time. Of course that’s the best reason why it’s a weight loss super food.
So how do you eat these chia seeds?
Beware! It is not a good idea to swallow a spoonful of seeds and then follow it up with water. This might cause stomach cramps because of the clumping together of the seeds in the gut before it has had a chance to expand. Always prepare the Chia and let it sit for some time before consuming. Here are some amazing ways to enjoy chia seeds:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Chia into a cup of yogurt and let it sit for a couple of hours before consumption.
- Add ground up Chia seeds to shakes and smoothies and let it sit for 10 minutes
- Sprinkle a few seeds over a salad or mix it into a salad dressing
- Soak it in almond milk for a couple of hours and add it to a fruit salad or cottage cheese for breakfast
- Make a fruity chia gel and store it in a jar in the refrigerator for dipping raw fruit or a vegetable snack
- Beat an egg or two, add half a teaspoon of Chia seeds, let it sit for 10 minutes and make an omelette out of it. Add some green onions, tomatoes and mushrooms for extra taste and fun
- Follow this recipe for an amazing chia vanilla pudding.