About a year ago I discovered this amazing little seed that has since been a consistent part of my diet. I never knew that a seed of a plant that’s so widely available and affordable could pack so much nutrition and can be so versatile with very little preparation. Yes, I’m talking here about chia seeds.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, and were a staple food for the Mayans and Aztecs thousands of years ago.
Over the past few years, they have become widely popular among health conscious individuals because of their impressive nutritional profile. Loaded with fiber (one of the richest sources of fiber in the world), protein, antioxidants, healthy fats; rich in important minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese – chia seeds can be an awesome low-carb addition to a healthy diet.
They can help with lowering blood sugar, lowering inflammation, increasing good cholesterol (HDL), losing weight, and increasing energy levels.
Chia seeds taste pretty bland by themselves, which makes them very versatile and you can add them to anything. You can easily incorporate them into smoothies, desserts, porridge, and other foods. They don’t need to be ground up to be digested – the best way is to soak them in water or milk… When soaked, chia seeds absorb 10-12 times their weight in liquid, turning into a gel. You can make this in advance and keep it in the fridge to be readily available when you need it.
They are a great add it for someone on a low-carb diet, they can turn a smoothie into a meal that will keep you full and satisfied for longer, and are a great source of energy for your body and your brain. My philosophy is not about restriction and deprivation from the things we enjoy in life – but rather focusing on making upgraded choices that will nourish our life, and help us perform at our highest potential.
How do you eat them?
Chia seeds can make a delicious and healthy breakfast or dessert, which is incredibly simple to prepare and only takes minutes! This is probably my favourite thing about chia seeds.
I love having chia pudding for breakfast –usually soaked overnight in coconut milk, mixed with raw cacao, honey, nuts and seeds. I also like to add berries, banana, frozen mango, granola, and cinnamon. When I was working in an office, I would just soak the seeds overnight in a jar, add the toppings in the morning, and grab it with me on my way out.
You can have a lot of fun adding your own favourite flavours and toppings, and changing them up. 🙂
In our house I usually make a 1L jar of chia gel which we eat over 3-4 days for breakfast and/or dessert. This has been very useful many times when we’ve craved a dessert in the evening, like ice-cream – in only 5 minutes I’d whip up a scrumptious chocolate chia seed pudding that was just as satisfying! 🙂
So without further due, I present you with the recipe for chocolate coconut chia pudding that is so loved in our household! Here I topped it with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds.
I hope that this inspires you to give this little seed a try if you haven’t yet, and maybe it becomes a beloved staple food in your home as well!! 🙂
You can buy chia seeds at most grocery and health food stores, I now get my chia seeds on Amazon, where I found them to be a lot cheaper than in most stores here in Canada.