“Ch-ch-ch-chia!” Do you remember those commercials where you could grow a plant on an animal statue and because of the chia seeds the plant would grow to be very lush, quickly? Well, who knew these tiny little black seeds, which can not only make a plant grow fast, they are also edible and are an acclaimed “super food.” These seeds have numerous health benefits and endless kitchen possibilities. According to Wise Geek, “Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant, a type of sage in the mint family. Chia seeds were a staple of the ancient Aztec diet.” Let’s learn a little more about the numerous health benefits these seeds provide.
My Chia Seeds provides an article with the Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds.
- Lose Weight Without Starving
- Balance Blood Sugar
- Help Prevent Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis
- Add healthy omega-3 to your diet
- Feel more energized all day long
- Bake with less fat
- Add age-defying anti-oxidants
- Cut cravings for food
- You can pack in more flavorful punch
- Save your money
Wise Geek went on to say that the chia seed helps the “body retain fluids and electrolytes, it forms a gel in the stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues.”
So, it’s great that these little seeds are healthy, but how are we supposed to incorporate them into our diet? Since they are tasteless they will not alter, nor take away from the taste of your meal. If anything, these seeds will enhance your food since they increase in size and absorb moisture. A fun desert idea is coconut chia pudding, since the chia seeds expand, creating a tapioca form and texture. You can leave chia seeds dry, unaltered and add them to your granola recipe. Simply put chia seeds are a great addition to any meal, or snack; throw them in your smoothie, sprinkle them on your salad, the possibilities are endless.
Professional Choice Insurance would LOVE to hear some of your chia seed recipes!