Chia seeds seem to be steadily growing in popularity these days. Most people remember the fun catchy tune (Ch-Ch-Ch-CHIA!) and the cute animals that ‘magically’ grew into a fuzzy window pet the whole family could enjoy. Yes, these are the same seeds! Luckily you don’t have to head to the toy store or gardening section to find these super seeds, you can get them in most natural foods stores and even a lot of grocery stores are now carrying them. So what’s the big deal about chia seeds?
These little seeds pack a big punch in the benefits department earning them the well deserved title of being a superfood.
- Chia seeds are very high in omega-3, even more so than flax seeds, and they don’t have to be ground like flax seeds do to get the benefits.
- They are also a great source of dietary fiber. When soaked in liquid, they form a jelly around the seed, which will keep you full for longer. Their unique mix of soluble and insoluble fiber means that they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike while you’re digesting them, giving you a steady stream of energy without the crash.
- Chia seeds are also a great source of antioxidants, which are another reason they provide you with energy. This also means that they will keep at room temperature for over two years, unlike something like flax seeds that can spoil quickly.
- They are also the highest plant based source of a complete protein, meaning they have all 9 essential amino acids in proper proportion. Furthermore, chia seeds are a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and copper.
But MOST importantly, chia seeds are versatile!! They have virtually no flavor so they can be easily added to dishes and it won’t change the taste. Great uses for chia seeds include adding them to smoothies, or sprinkling them on top of yogurt or oatmeal. You can use the seeds dry as a crunch in salads or a crust to bake fish or chicken. Another great use is making fruit jams, or puddings (check out my recipe for my berry chia pudding HERE!) or you can just simply add some to your water and drink it!!
With so many ways to incorporate these little seeds into your everyday dishes, and even drinks, it’s no wonder more and more people are getting on the chia train. It’s a simple ingredient to add to your daily “don’t forget’s”, and with all the advantages it has to offer, it’s definitely worth it.