I love these seeds…..and after reading this article you will too.
Remember years ago, they brought out a funky looking ornament known as a Chia pet – the one that sprouted a green coat after being watered? That pet was covered in Chia seeds. Actually the Aztecs survived eating Chia seeds in times of famine.
Chia means “strengthening”. Not only do they strengthen your immune system but they are a superfood as they are full of minerals and antioxidants. Just 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds provide approximately 100 milligrams of bone-building calcium, 7.5 grams of dietary fibre, and 3 grams of protein (that’s more protein than you find in most other grains and seeds). With the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids of any plant food, Chia seeds fight inflammation in the body, thereby reducing the chances of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Chia seeds are also thought to help keep your waistline trim. Once in your stomach, they expand to ten to twelve times their size and form a gel that makes you feel full. They also slow the digestive process in which carbs are broken down and converted to sugar, which means that fewer carbs end up feeding the fat cells around your belly.
Here’s how to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet:
Add them to oatmeal, granola cereals and yogurt.
Sprinkle them over salads.
Blend them into smoothies.
Make them into a pudding by soaking them with milk of your choice.
STRAWBERRY CHIA JAM
It began with “Mom, can I have jam?”
Then I began searching for the “health coach approved” jam I can feed my kids at the grocery.
No luck there as all conventional jams are full in sugar and not to mention colour additives and preservatives.
This easy 3 ingredient Chia seed jam is the perfect healthy alternative to store bought jams!
It’s made with just 3 healthy, natural, whole-food ingredients.
Not to mention quick and easy to make.