When I first heard of the chia seed trend I kept getting flashes of terra-cotta figurines in my head. (Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!) Anyways, turns out, Chia seeds are, lo and behold, an ancient nutritious plant that is just now gaining popularity.
Why should you eat these?
These deceivingly tiny seeds are packed with nutrients. They are high in omega threes, fiber and antioxidants, to name a few. They have been boasted for their staying power in warding off hunger. In addition to the high fiber content (which attributes to keeping you full) they absorb water when consumed in their dry state and, as a result, expand making you feel fuller. The benefit of keeping blood pressure and blood sugar in check has also been noted.
Chia seeds have been called “the new flax”, not only because of their nutritional benefits but also for the fact that they do not become rancid like their counterparts.
Adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you about 7 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium and 5 whopping grams of omega-3!
My Advice: Give ‘em a try, they pack a great nutritional punch!
How do I eat these strange things?!
Personally, the other day I made a really good chocolate chia pudding. I just mixed 1 tbps of chia seeds with about 1/3 cup of almond milk and threw in a little cocoa powder. After letting it sit over night it turned into a gel-like consistency and tasted delicious.
If you aren’t into that then here are some other ideas I came across:
Sprinkle into yogurt, cereal or oatmeal
Add to smoothies
Mix into pancake batter, cookie dough or muffin mix
And to end with a bang take a look at this Dulce De Leche Chia Pudding recipe (I might have salivated..)
Have you ever tried these tiny wonders? What do you think of them?