Chia seeds seem to be all the rage recently, or maybe we’re behind the times? Either way, we decided to investigate the superfood.
Did you know…?
Chia seeds are native to Mexico, where in the past they were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional values. They were even used as currency! Aztec warriors ate them to give them high energy and endurance and said just one spoonful could keep them going for the whole day. In Mayan, Chia means “strength”- exactly what a warrior needs.
Chia seeds are the highest plant based source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. They’re also very high in fibre, with two tablespoons having 10g fibre – nearly half of your daily requirement. Chia seeds have an amazing ability to absorb up to 10x their weight once eaten, meaning they keep you feeling full. They’re also a great source of iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Ways to eat
Chia pudding is one of the most popular ways to eat the seeds, see a recipe from Deliciously Ella here, or if you’re more of a chocolate fan, try this one. You can also add dry chia seeds, whole or ground, to smoothies and juices, mix into yogurt or porridge, or sprinkle on top of salad. If you add the seeds to a drink or ‘wet’ dish like porridge, they’ll swell up a little but retain a slight crunch.
Things to watch out for
Since chia seeds absorb a lot of liquid, it’s important to keep well-hydrated when eating them, especially in dry form. But don’t worry, you don’t need to overdo it, your usual 8 glasses will be fine.