These tiny black-brown-white seeds that irritatingly stick between our teeth, come from the chia plant, which is a close relative of mint, and is native mostly to Mexico and Guatemala. Even though they only became famous recently, they do exist since the Aztecs and Mayan period. In fact chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength.
Chia seeds have the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids. Their fatty acids contain 60% of omega-3, 15% of omega-6 and 5% of omega-6. They are Cholesterol free and gluten free.
They have high magnesium consistency , 15 times higher than broccoli; high iron consistency, 3 times higher than spinach; high potassium consistency, 2 times higher than a banana; and they have 6 times more calcium than milk. They can also absorb 12 times their weight in water and they become a gel that increases stomach fullness. The high fiber and protein content slows down the food absorption, reduces the appetite and food intake in the short term and help with weight loss.
They are considered to be one of the best foods for runner’s, as they offer extended energy and help them with muscle recovery. Even though they are so tiny, they are a real super-food!
28 grams of chia seeds contain: 11grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, from which 5grams are omega-3. They also contain: 18% of potassium (RDI) , 30% of magnesium (RDI) , 27% of phosphorus (RDI) and 30% of manganese (RDI), all which is necessary for our bones health. Moreover they are high in vitamins B1, B2, and B3. And they come only with 137 calories per 28grams.
They can be stored for long periods of time without getting oxidized or deteriorated.
You can eat them raw, blended, cooked or as a gel with water or milk (dairy or non dairy).
After all these, cheers to chia seeds!
See below for a healthy delicacy for the early afternoon cravings or even for breakfast.
Recipe for Chocolate Chia Seeds Pudding
For every jar you will need:
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Fill 2/3 of the jar with almond milk
- 1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- Put the ingredients into every jar and mix them well.
- Put the jars into the fridge overnight.
- Find them ready in the morning and add your favorite toppings: bananas, berries, coconut flakes.