Chia Seeds – Am I too late to embrace this little Superfood gem?
Am I sure you must have all heard of the benefits of Chia… Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint and it grows natively in South America, and in case you didn’t know “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Wow… (That explains a lot!)
Are you absolutely conscious of how good this superfood is for you?
Let me tell you just a few fantastic things about this little seed:
– Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories
– Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants
– Almost all the carbs in them are fibre
– Chia seed are high in quality protein
– Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids
– Chia seeds are a powerful source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus
– Chia seeds can cause major improvements in type 2 Diabetics
– Chia seeds can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink
And the most importantly:
– Chia seeds are super easy to incorporate into your diet
Okay, this last one is not a health benefit, but still one of my favourite aspects of this seed. The seeds themselves taste rather mild, so you can add them to pretty much anything – from fruit, yogurts, smoothies, pancakes, etc. Also, because of their ability to soak both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and even (just like flax) used as egg substitutes in a number of recipes. They can also be mixed with water turning into a smooth gel.
Adding this super fibre ingredient to recipes will significantly enhance their nutritional value.
Certainty this modest South American seed rightly deserves its superfood title, but how can they be eaten? Chia Puddings are my favourite option. This mango and banana chia pudding is truly delicious and extremely easy to prepare. It is sweet, tangy, creamy and most important – absolutely nourishing and full of “good for you” nutrients.
It’s the perfect breakfast and it can be prepared overnight ahead of a busy morning.
Please check the recipe below and ENJOY!
- - 50 g Chia seeds
- - 250 ml vegetable milk (soy, rice, almond, coconut, hemp...)
- - 1 ripe mango
- - 1 ripe banana
- - 1 Tbsp Agave or rice syrup (optional)
- - Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
- - Mint
- - Roasted crushed almonds
- - In a bowl, place the chia, vegetable milk and the syrup. Mix well and set aside for 2 hours or overnight.
- - Pell the mango and the banana and cut them into large pieces and place them in the blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture gets creamy. Set aside.
- - Fill half of the jars (or containers) with the fruit mixture and the rest with the chia pudding.
- - Top it up with your favourite fruits or nuts or follow the suggestion above.
- - Cover with some more agave nectar and serve with fresh mint.
- - Enjoy.