Chia seeds have been cultivated since Aztec times and cherished by Aztec people as a healthy source of energy and quality nutrients in their diet.
Today I’m more interested in the healthy nutrition aspect of Chia seeds.
It turns out that many health conscious people, dieters and athletes include Chia seeds in their daily diet because they’re packed with fiber, which means it keeps them fuller longer and provides them with much needed energy.
I’m also aware that my kids also need a healthy source of energy but I can’t excatly give them free access to my own sources of energy and antioxidants so naturally I bought a pack of Chia seeds. I didn’t open it for a few weeks asI didn’t know what to do with them.
Today I spared a few hours and found out all there is there is to know about Chia seeds, the health benefits and how to actually consume them so here it is in a nutshell the health benefits of eating Chia seeds and what to do with a pack of Chia seeds:
- Feeling full and losing weight without starving;
- Balancing blood sugar levels;
- Chia seeds contain protein, many essential vitamins and minerals and a very high amount of omega-3.
- A healthy addition of omega-3 oil in diet;
- A source of energy throughout the day without keeping you awake at night;
- Contain age defying antioxidants;
- Reduce cravings for fat and sugary foods;
- Adds flavor and texture to any dish;
How to include Chia seeds into everyday diet:
- Chia (Salvia hispanica) can be eaten raw (whole seeds) for a great source of nutrients that also leaves you feeling full for a long time
- It can also be ground for use as Chia flour in baking, similar to ground flax. The seeds can be added to porridges, puddings, juice drinks, teas, and smoothies — the seeds turn gelatinous when they come in contact with water.
- Chia Seeds can be used to thicken meatballs and home made burgers or instead of breadcrumbs
- To make healthy Chia seeds crackers: mix ground Chia seeds with equal parts milk (plain, almond, coconut) season and bake at low temp for a couple hours.
- Use Chia Seeds as an egg substitute when baking: Use 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water per egg.
- Add a couple tablespoons of Chia seeds at a time to soups and gravies until the desired consistency is achieved
- To Make ‘No Bake Healthy Energy Pudding’: 4 parts any kind of milk to one part chia seeds, add cocoa powder, honey or sugar and any other sweet additions and put in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Sprouted, Chia can be added to salads and sandwiches, similar to alfalfa. Use a seed sprouter or a jar, making sure to rinse every day.
- Chia seeds can be used make an excellent “Breading” for fish or chicken. It toasts up well and provides a nutty, crunchy flavor.
- Add Chia seeds to apple juice or fruit juice to make “sago” or “chia fresca”
- Grind seeds and add to hot milk to make a Chia porridge
- Add Chia seeds to smoothies, soups, stews, pancake mix, cakes, bread, etc to thicken and add flavour.
So, after all, it isn’t at all that difficult to include Chia seeds in everyday diet and it looks like it’s a healthy addition.
Do you eat Chia Seeds? How did they affect you energy levels and your general state of health? Do you have a favorite recipe that includes Chia seeds?