Chia seeds are every where, I had only noticed them about 12 months ago. Originally I thought they were a poppy seeds as they look similar. Chia has a fine soft shell and does not need to be ground before eating. You can enjoy Chia as nature intended, as a whole seed straight from the Chia plant.
A simple way to ensure you get your daily dose of Chia is to grab a spoon full and add to your salad, yoghurt, smoothie, sprinkle it raw onto almost any food even add a final touch to your stir fry when serving it up. The fact that it has no real taste or smell makes it so versatile to add to just about anything. With high in fibre foods like Chia it is important to consume plenty of water.
Chia gel can be used as a gluten free thickener in soups and sauces or to help bind foods together.
To make Chia gel mix 1 part Chia seed to 10 parts water, stir the seeds in and then let it sit for around 10 minutes. A thick gel will form that you can add to foods. You do not need to gel the Chia to enjoy the benefits, but it can be a fun way to eat it and great for kids added to fruits and yoghurt for a sweet treat!
Chia gel can be used as a gluten free thickener in soups and sauces or to help bind foods together like chicken patties and burgers. Because of this gelling property, Chia may also have the benefit of keeping you fuller for longer.
Some of the benefits of Chia seeds are;
- 8 x more Omega-3 than salmon
- 7 x more Vitamin C than oranges
- 6 x more fibre than oat bran
- 5 x more calcium than milk
- 4 x higher antioxidants than blueberries
- 3 x more iron than spinach
- 2 x more potassium than bananas
- 15 x more magnesium than broccoli
- 18 amino acids
- Vitamin A and B12
The health benefits of Chia are impressive, why not try it out?