Chia seeds are a superfood! As a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and more soluble fiber than oatmeal, this tiny seed packs a big punch with its mild, nutty flavor. The seeds are easily added to foods and beverages, allowing you to benefit from the extra boost of energy – just another great aspect of these little guys. Some simple ways to integrate them into the food you are already eating is to sprinkle them on vegetables, rice dishes, or non-dairy yogurt.
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- Mix them in your favorite smoothies
- Use in sauces as a thickening agent
- Sprinkle on top of snacks like guacamole, hummus, or oatmeal
- Add to your favorite refreshing beverage – coconut water, lemon/ginger water, etc.
- Add to your probiotic drink like kombucha! (Short on time or on the run grab some Synergy Chia Kombucha . I love cherry chia and green chia)
Fun fact: Chia seeds absorb in liquid and swell up to form a gel!
It’s a little weird in terms of its consistency, but awesome because it supports hydration and gives you a feeling of being full. Win-Win!
What is a Chia Seed?
WebMD tells us that a chia seed is a small edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica grown in Mexico and its usage dates back to the Aztec culture. South American in general has been a place of numerous superfoods that are coming into the mainstream today, such as cocoa powder and maca.
- “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That’s why it is sometimes referred to as a runner’s food.
- Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds).
- One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
- Chia seeds packs more antioxidants than blueberries
- They boast more omega-3s than found in salmon
If you have food allergies (especially to sesame or mustard seeds) or are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, WebMD recommends you ask your doctor before adding chia seeds to your pantry.
How do you use chia seeds? I’d love to hear your feedback below.