Superfood Focus: Chia Seeds

Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 06 October 2014: Superfood Focus: Chia Seeds

chai-seeds-webThese tiny black seeds are pretty incredible when you have a look at what they can do for us, from boosting energy to lowering cholesterol. Here’s why you should consider adding chia to your diet..

Nutrition: chia seeds are rich in protein, calcium, fiber and antioxidants, and for those essential omega 3’s they even beat fish oils and flax seeds. They are the highest plant source of omega 3 essential acids.

Digestion: chia seeds are super easy for us to digest and don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds. Also, because of their high fiber content they aid digestive issues, the way they bulk up when mixed with liquid helps cleanse the intestines.

Prevent blood sugar spikes: when ingested chia seeds help regulate the speed at which sugar enters the blood stream therefore helping to prevent blood sugar spikes.

Hydration: because of their ability to retain 12 times their weight in water chia seeds help you stay hydrated longer.

Food replacements: these super seeds can be used to replace unhealthy fats in many recipes or even eggs in vegan baking.

To add chia seeds to your diet try:
• Sprinkling them over salads
• Adding them to healthy desserts
• Adding them to your favourite smoothie or juice

My personal favourite way of chia seeds is to make chia porridge, so easy and versatile:

Soak 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in water, coconut milk or other nut milk. Let sit for 10 minutes until the seeds form a gel then simply add your favorite fresh fruits or dried fruits, goji berries, seeds, nuts etc. and sweeten if need be with raw honey or maple syrup. This can also be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge

Enjoy!

Anthea
Author : Anthea Grimason is a yoga teacher and self professed foodie. Working independently and also for world renowned Samahita Yoga Retreat in Thailand, Anthea loves to shares her nutrition and wellness tips on everything from super foods, ayurvedic principles and raw food to simple water. She has her own magazine column here called Love Food & Yoga Titbits as well as posting longer articles.
Visit Anthea’s Website: www.goodnessyou.com & www.lovefoodandyoga.com
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