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Superfood of the Day: Chia!

July 24, 2012

Welcome back to the Superfood of the Day series! Today’s featured food: chia!

If you watched TV at all during the 80s and 90s, I’m sure you’re familiar with Chia Pets, those strange little animals and heads that grew leaves. Well, the seed used for those are the same chia seeds that are now SUPERFOOD!

What makes chia seeds so awesome? Joy over at Joyous Health wrote a great post on 8 Benefits of Chia. I’ll summarize for you here:

  • Chia seeds help to balance and stabilize your blood sugar, which is key for everyone, but especially for diabetics
  • They help lower insulin sensitivity which can, in turn, help reduce belly fat
  • They are INCREDIBLY high in fibre and good fat. They have the highest incidence of Omega-3s, and ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), a key fatty acid.
  • Chia seeds contain the amino acid tryptophan, which helps in the production of seratonin (happy hormone) and melatonin (sleepy-at-appropriate-times and keep-away-the-cancer hormone)
  • They help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar after meals
  • Chia also contains many nutrients: calcium, magnesium, manganese, folic acid, phosphorous, and iron

“Awesome,” You say, “Sounds great! But how do I eat a chia seed? They’re tiny, and have next to no flavor.”

Very true. But this is the key to the chia seed’s magic: it can be incorporated seamlessly into almost anything without altering the flavor. You can blend them into smoothies, sprinkle them on salads or yogurt, or add into sauces etc. The possibilities are endless!

My favorite way to eat them takes advantage of one of their other magic properties. If you add water to chia, they take on a gel-like texture, and simultaneously soften and expand. This is perfect for making a no-cook chia pudding (it’s still hot – who wants to cook?)

Take 2-3 tablespoons (daily recommended serving of chia) and soak in your favorite milk (I like coconut or almond milk). Add cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, cacao powder, whatever flavoring you like, and let it sit for a few hours (or in the fridge overnight). You can add nut butter and fruit to make it a hearty breakfast pudding, or just eat it as a snack or dessert.

How do you eat YOUR chia?

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 2:37 am

    Reblogged this on HealthFetish.net and commented:
    We bought some chia seeds, but haven’t had a great experience with them yet. This makes me want to try again. 🙂

  2. December 16, 2012 5:48 pm

    I put 2 tablespoons in smoothies I make for the kids for breakfast. The kids love it, they think it’s frog spawn haha

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