I came across Chia seeds a while back when I was drifting around the internet and have been experimenting with them ever since. When I first bought my packet of Chia seeds I was a little bit dubious to how they will taste and what to do with them but I have found they are quite versatile.
- Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. (Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language)
- Chia seeds are packed full of essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants.
- Chia seeds create a substance that looks like gelatin once its in contact with liquid because of the soluble fiber in Chia seeds. Resulting in the seeds creating a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes and slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
You can find out more information about Chia seeds here
You can make almost anything with Chia seeds from smoothies, puddings, jams or add to your baking. Here are my favourite recipes.
- Plain fat free yogurt topped with a spoon full of Chia seeds and a chopped banana. (I have this as a quick breakfast in the mornings)
Have you tried Chia seeds before? What do you think of Chia seeds? Do you have a favourite Chia seed Recipe?