I’ve got another super food today! This time around its the chia seeds. I’m sure you see me mentioning and using chia seeds in the recipes on my blog but do you know that they are in fact a super food and have many many benefits.
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are little black seeds which come from the plant ‘Salvia Hispanica’. Whilst they have only come into popularity within the last few year, chia seeds have been for a long time for health benefits.
Why are they a super food?
Because for such a small amount, you get a whole lot of nutrients. Chia seeds are high in these main things:
- Antioxidants: Like the acai berry, chia seeds contain lots of antioxidants which help with preventing ageing and fighting off diseases.
- Omega 3: Chia seeds contain more Omega 3 Fatty acids than salmon! However there is a condition there. These fatty acids are harder to break down compared to the more important fatty acid ALA which fish like salmon has. So be careful there.
- Fiber (11 grams per 2 tablespoons): Chia seeds are 40% fiber! And they make up most of the carbs in chia seeds!
- Protein (4 grams per 2 tablespoons): Chia seeds contain 2 times more protein than any other seed. Protein can assist in weight loss by reducing appetite
- Calcium: Chia seeds have 5 times more calcium than milk. This is great for people who don’t eat dairy.
How can you eat it?
There are many ways you can eat chia seeds. They can be eaten raw, put in things like smoothies, drinks, salads and oats. However because of all the fiber, chia seeds can grown and expand when absorbed with water. That’s 10-12 times its size in water! Because of that, they are also great to make overnight oats or pudding with and makes it much more digestible!
Whats the downside?
Chia seeds don’t come cheap, they can get pretty pricey. Being branded as a super food doesn’t help either. It can cost up to $15 – $20 for a 500 gram bag, from Woolworths.
Remember if you want to ‘Think like a beast, have your morning feast!’