What are they?
Remember chia pets? Well, turns out the seeds that sprout the grass hair in these pets are really powerful super foods. Chia seeds pack a serious nutrient punch with high omega-3 fat content, protein, fiber, antioxidants, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and selenium.
Where do they come from?
Chia seeds originally came from central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. During the 16th century, the Aztec cultivated chia seeds and used it as a food crop. Chia seeds still exist in all parts of Mexico and Guatemala. They used the whole seeds for making a nutritious drinks and food source as well.
How do I use them?
Chia seeds are a great addition to most morning meals. They can be added into oatmeal, sprinkled on yogurt as well as in smoothies. Chia seeds greatly expand when added to water and create a gel-like texture. This is great for making puddings.
Quick tip: Be aware that when making smoothies too much chia can cause your smoothie to become very gelatinous and thick.
Better poops: Chia seeds contains a high amount of soluble fiber that absorbs water and bulks stools. This is great for reducing constipation and removing toxins from the intestines on their way out.
Reduce Inflammation: These lil' guys are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids that are great for reducing inflammation that is associated with poor gut and cardiovascular health.
Antioxidants: Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, including selenium. Selenium is known for its anti-cancer, liver loving properties.
Overall Nutrition: Eating these are a very easy way to get a complete protein source, fibre, omega 3 fats, vitamins and minerals into a meal.
How often and how much should I use?
I recommend enjoying at least 1 tablespoon at a time all the way up to 2.5 tablespoons. On the higher end of the spectrum is best!
What brands should I use?
There are many great brands that offer Chia Seeds. Some good quality brands include:
- Navitas Naturals
- Mum's Original
- NOW foods
- Organic Traditions
How much do they cost?
Most chia seed brands are available in 227 or 454 gram bags. The price range is typically $8.99 - $22.99 depending on size purchased.
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