First, it was kale, then quinoa - it seems like a new “superfood” is discovered every week. But what if I told you one of these superfoods is something you have known since childhood and can incorporate in your diet in a super easy way? Behold chia seeds!
Chia seeds have been used to grow funky pets for years, who knew all this natural mineral packed goodness was right under our noses… on top of a bald man's head!
A little history
Chia seeds have long been used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for energy, hydration, and their nutritional benefits. They are naturally gluten-free, contain calcium, omega 3, protein, and antioxidants. They deliver a lot of much-needed nutrients to your body while being very low on the caloric index. Chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants - which makes them a very healthy addition to your diet because they will help you detox while keeping up your energy.
Chia seeds absorb 12 times their weight in water, aiding in hydrations for athletes and us regular folk during the hotter months. Chia seeds are now being used as nutritional supplements, an aid in appetite and as energy boosters.
If you’ve never used chia seeds before, have no fear, here are 4 super fun ways to get started with this amazing super food.
Put the seeds in some water, drain the water off and leave in a glass container for 2-3 days. Every 12 hours rinse with water and drain the water off. After the seeds have sprouted, add them to your salad!
• 2tbs chia seeds (soaked previously, or straight out of the bag)
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 ripe banana
• handful of spinach
• ½ cup of frozen berries ( I use blueberries or strawberries)
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
This is an amazing way to start the day. You start preparing it the night before, so it is there for your hungry tummy in the morning with no prep. Chia seeds are low on the glycemic scale, so they get absorbed into your system slowly, making you feel full for longer while giving you energy without that crash-and-burn feeling that simple carbs like bread give you in the morning!
• 5 tbs chia seeds
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute soy or coconut)
• 2 tbs cocoa powder and a touch of natural sweetener such as honey or agave
Put the ingredients in a mason jar, mix thoroughly and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. I like to try and mix the pudding every few hours to avoid the mixture clumping together. Eat for breakfast, or as a yummy dessert!
Just in time for upcoming fall holidays, here is a yummy gluten-free, mineral and omega 3 packed Pumpkin desert. It still tastes great, while delivering extra protein and antioxidants to your body.
• 1 medium ripe plantain (7oz or 200g once peeled)
• 1 cup pumpkin (8oz)
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 cup coconut sugar (1 1/4oz)
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil (1oz), liquid
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl, whisk the ingredients. Next, peel your plantain and puree in a food processor or blender. Once pureed add into dry ingredients bowl. Stir till all combined. Add in pumpkin puree and coconut oil. The batter will be a little thick. Grab your pan and scoop your batter into each hole. Or into your 8-inch pan. I lightly oiled my pan with coconut oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.