CHIA Seeds are true superfoods. They have been around the healthy foodie community
So the focus of this post are those tiny little black seeds. They are proven to target so many issues that constantly come up such as:
- Fiber – we all want to get our bowels moving regularly, don’t we?
- Energy – more LASTING energy
- Nutrients and minerals – chia seeds are the bomb!
So what exactly are chia seeds? They are a small seed coming from Central Mexico and South America. Chia seeds originated as a staple crop of the Mayan and Aztec people who traditionally used the seeds in medicine. The indigenous warriors would also ingest the seeds before long runs for sustained natural energy.
What makes chia seeds be “superfoods”? Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of Omega-3’s. Omegas protect against inflammation in the body such as arthritis and heart disease. Chia seeds….
- contain more Omega-3 than salmon
- contain healthy omegas which help your brain function and focus improve
- are a source of protein — 1 Tbsp has 2 grams of protein!
- contain a TON of fiber – 1 Tbsp has 5 grams of fiber!
- are packed with antioxidants and minerals (such as potassium, calcium and magnesium)
Another plus of chia seeds is that they are super hydrating for the body (great for runners). The seeds expand about 20 times their size when soaked in liquid. Enough reasons to make those little seeds your best breakfast friends?
How can you include chia seeds in your diet?
Chia seeds are very user- friendly. The little seeds look like poppy seeds and basically do not taste like anything. Quite crunchy when eaten raw. Simple add them to your morning bowl of oats, throw 1 tsp in your smoothie or, my FAVOURITE, make an incredible chia pudding (recipe below). Another idea would be a soaking them in a small glass of orange juice for a healthy “shot” in the morning. I have been adding flaxseed oil to my diet for quite some time and often sub my daily 1-3 Tbsp with chia pudding, seeds etc. They are also great for travel as they require no refrigeration and definitely support your digestive system (if you know what I mean).
But my favorite use of chia seeds? Pudding. Healthy and delicious, chia seed pudding is super satisfying and super filling. It’s a great treat totally suitable for afternoon, nighttime or even for breakfast!
Cherry Chia Pudding
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp oats
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 Tbsp soya or almond milk
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 handful pitted cherries, chopped
optional: Add 2-3 Tbsp soya/coconut/greek yoghurt for extra creaminess!
Mix chia seeds, oats and cacao powder in a bowl and add hot water and cacao powder. Stir a couple of times and let chia seeds expand. Put in the fridge overnight or let sit for at least 15 minutes. Add cherries, yoghurt and maca powder and stir again. Add more liquid for desired consistency. Top with fresh cherries and enjoy!
* This recipe also works great with berries! Sub with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries!
Are chia seeds part of your diet? Do you add chia seeds to your breakfast bowls? What’s your favourite way of eating chia seeds? Any favourite recipe?