Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries.
Chia Seeds is one of the healthiest and most popular superfoods. Chia seeds reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure & are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
This how Chia Seeds looks like:
Don’t be fooled by the size… these tiny seeds pack a mean powerful nutritional punch.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fat: 9 grams
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2
Chia seed contain no gluten or grains. Eating one ounce of chia seeds per day would provide 18% of daily calcium needs, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese and smaller amounts of potassium, zinc and copper.
Chia seed reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure & are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seed contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.
They help reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. Because they can absorb 10 times their weight in water, they help your diet by making you feel full.
Studies indicate that Chia Seeds can help control blood sugar, as they slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars.
Chia seeds come in two colors, black and white. Though, both colors contain similar amounts of nutrients like omega-3s, protein, and fiber, the darker chia seeds may contain more antioxidants. Chia Seeds have a very mild, nutty flavor. You can buy Chia Seeds online now.
Here are some great ways to enjoy chia seeds:
- They can be eaten raw. (They have a nice “nutty” flavor.)
- They can be soaked in fruit juice (in Mexico, they call this “chia fresca”).
- They’re perfect in porridges and puddings.
- They make an ideal addition to baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
If are experimenting with vegan baking or you just run out of eggs, you can mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. The outer layer of chia seeds swells when mixed with liquids to form a gel. That is why this can used in place of eggs to lower cholesterol and increase the nutrient content of foods and baked goods.
If you have a history of dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, you should use some caution, especially when consuming dry chia seeds.
Here is a recipe with Chia Seed. The recipe is pretty simple to assemble — just combine ground chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut butter, cacao powder and sweeteners.
CHOCOLATE & COCONUT CHIA SEED MOUSSE
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (black or white)
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (see note)
- 2 tbsp coconut butter (not coconut oil)
- 4-5 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
- 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- pinch of sea salt
- toppings: raw sliced almonds, raw coconut flakes/chips
Process the chia seeds in a coffee grinder for about 20 seconds or until ground to a fine powder. Whisk and set aside.
In a large food processor, process the coconut milk, coconut butter, maple syrup, the seeds of one half of a vanilla bean, and a pinch of sea salt until lightly incorporated. Add cacao powder and process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides.
Measure out 1/4 cup of the chia seed powder (you will have some left over) and add it to the food processor. Continue to process until the pudding is smooth and no clumps remain. Pour the mixture into individual ramekins or bowls. Refrigerate for a full 24 hours before serving.
To serve, toast a handful of sliced almonds and raw coconut flakes in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. Careful — both ingredients burn easily. Top the chocolate mousse with the toasted almonds and coconut. Serve.
We found this recipe here.
You can buy organic Chia seeds online in India. Chia Seeds are available online at www.naturalmantra.com