Excuse me, chia WHAT?
Seriously, if you have never heard of this little seed it is time to change it NOW! Chia seeds might be one of the best things that can happen to your digestion and for good reasons they are also called superfoods. Originally chia comes from the ancient Mayan and Aztec culture, one of the greatest civilizations ever known and according to historical researches chia used to be a staple in their diet, providing a remarkable source of energy and nutrition.
I eat chia every day. In various forms. Chia is truly fantastic as it can be added pretty much to all kinds of food like smoothies, salads or energy bars. They have literally no taste on their own. You can even add them to your cake! They can be also used as a substitute for eggs, as they form a gel like texture, after soaking up the liquid. And they can soak up an incredible 7-9 times the amount of their own weight!
Chia seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fats and fiber, you know, the stuff that makes your guts happy and is crucial for its proper functioning. Chia is considered to be the highest plant-based source of Omega 3 on earth. We need it for fighting bad cholesterol which might cause blood clots in arteries and for keeping our brain working. For vegetarians, vegans and raw-foodists this miniature seed is truly a gift from the nature, as it is otherwise hard to get Omega 3 fats without eating fish. The more I read about this tiny seed the more I think people should learn more about it. Just have a look at (some) of the nutritional facts:
1. 600 mg calcium per 100 g. This is 5 times more than milk, which has just about 120 mg per 100g! Who needs cows!?
2. 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon. Seriously.
3. High in proteins, 100 g contains 23 g. This is pretty much more than your morning oats (16,9 g per 100 g). And proteins from chia are even more digestible by our body than proteins from soy or beans.
Not to mention that they are also extremely low in calories. 2 tablespoons of dried chia seeds have only ca 100 calories. So if you try to lose weight, but do not wanna be hungry all the time, try chia. They expand in your belly and make you feel full and satisfied, but at the same time they manage to do it with a low amount of calories but lots of proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Yes!
BUT watch out: if your diet used to be very low in fiber, it is better to get your body get used to it slowly, so you can start with, let’s say, 1 tsp a day. Below you can see how the dried chia seed looks like.
The recipe for the chia pudding is so easy, that you can not do anything wrong:)
Ingredients (1 pers.)
3 flat tbsp chia seeds
1 cup of plant based milk (I used oat milk, but you can use any other milk)
Basically you put the milk and the chia seeds into a jar, lock it and immediately shake it. If you wait with the shaking, the seeds will start soaking up the fluid and getting gel like in one big piece very fast. So shake it well and at once. After 15 minutes shake one more time, they might need to get separated again. Then store in the fridge over night. In the morning they have soaked up the fluid and turned into a pudding like texture. Serve it with fresh fruits and some honey. Eat up:) As easy as it can get!
P.s. Even my mom got hooked with that stuff. I love that:) So… how did YOU like your new breakfast? Happy to hear your thoughts on chia!