Chia is an annual herb also known as Salvia Hispanica is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The word “chia” is derived from the Nahuati word chian meaning ‘oily’. Chia seeds can be black or white (brown indicates that the seed is unripe). There is no difference nutritionally. They have a mild, nutty flavor, making them a delicious addition to many foods.
Did you know that the Aztecs boast the first record of Chia as early as 3500 B.C. In fact, one of the main foods in the Aztec diet. Ancient warriors attributed their stamina to this tiny seeds. Their tribe is famous for their runners. These runners used to drink a mixture of chia seeds, lemon and water called Iskiate. After drinking this, they are said to be able to run hundreds of miles.
- High in fiber
Chia seeds are excellent source of fiber! The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids all contribute to their satiating effects.
2. Promotes weight loss
Consuming chia seeds gives you a feeling of satiety thereby lowering food cravings between meals.
These tiny seeds are gluten-free! Therefore, all of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds can be obtained on a gluten-free diet.
4. Energy Booster
You can boost your energy by adding a serving of chia seeds a day and also reduce your belly fat!
5. High in Omega-3 fatty acids
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA.
6. Super food for expectant mothers
Pregnancy can deplete your body of important nutrients and eating chia seeds can help replace those lost nutrients while providing a much needed energy boost. Chia seeds are not only good for mothers but also for baby’s development as well.
Incorporate it in your diet
- Sprinkle chia seeds on cereals, yogurt or salad.
- Try mixing chia into breads, bars and smoothies to give your foods a nutritional bonus.
- Add to homemade granola bars and crackers.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Combine the chia seeds, honey, lemon juice and 2 cups of water in a jar and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir and drink.
- 2 cups peanuts roasted unsalted, or almonds or cashews
- 1/2 teaspoon salt add more if needed
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 5 tablespoons coconut oil melted
Add nuts and salt to a bowl of a food processor or blender. Process about 1 to 2 minutes, or until crumbs form. If you like a chunky nut butter take out 1/2 cup and add back in later. If the machine and nut butter feel hot after processing, allow them to cool down for 10 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil. Process until the mixture is smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and process for 1 minute until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container until ready to use. Refrigerate if not eating right away.