Chia Seeds – A Superfood

Recently,  I suggested to my sister that she start adding Chia Seeds to her diet.  She visited me for a week and each morning I would make her my superfoods breakfast bowl, Chia being one of the additions. 

This seed is an ancient superfood, which was a staple in the diet of Mayan people.  The term “chia” when translated to Mayan means “strength”.

Chia Seeds are very nutritious.  They are high in protein, calcium and fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids.  One ounce of chia seeds contains approximately 130 calories, one gram of saturated fat, a whopping 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 175 milligrams of calcium and 5 grams of omega-3.

Chia seeds soak up 10 times their weight in water.  What I do is put about 4 tablespoons of seeds in an empty glass jar and add  8 – 10 ounces of pure spring water to the jar.  Stir it up, set it in the refrigerator.  The seeds and water gel together.  Give the mixture a good stir.  Put the lid on the jar and keep it in the fridge and each morning add 1 or 2 tablespoons to your cereal, yogurt, smoothie etc.    When this gets inside your body it helps you to stay hydrated longer and keeps electrolytes in your fluids.  It is easily digested.  You could actually live on Chia Seeds and water for a few days if you had to so it is a good item to add to your “emergency preparedness kit”.    When the seed is dry and in a sealed package it will store for a very long time.

The flavour of the chia seed is very mild.   So you can certainly add it to lots of recipes as it will not change the taste of a recipe but add superfood nutrition.  I have added them to my salad dressings, ice cream, cookies, muffins, cereal and smoothies.  You can mix your daily 2 tablespoons with juice or water and just drink them down if you prefer.

There is quite a bit of buzz about how the Chia seed helps with weight control.  This is true.  One reason for this is that the soaked seeds are very filling so you will eat less of other foods.  The seeds are also very cleansing in that they sweep out your intestines.

The seed is known as “Indian Running Food”  It enhances stamina and endurance. 

The Chia Seed is gaining recognition as a superfood despite the fact that it has been around for centuries.

So…..give it a try.  You will be glad you did.  The benefits are amazing.

Chia Seeds are sold at most health food stores.  You can also order them from the links I have here on my site.

 

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