Hello SOTGC community!
It’s getting warmer and most of us are starting to think more seriously about eating a healthier diet .…Chia seeds are a pretty simple way to add some powerful nutrients to your otherwise regular diet. They are tiny, but chia seeds are packed full of fiber and antioxidants. And yes, they are the same seeds that are responsible for the furry coats on chia pets …. They have many uses.
Chia seeds come from the flowering plant Salvia hispanica, which is a member of the mint family and native to Mexico, Central and South America. Chia seeds were thought to have supernatural powers and were cultivated by Mayan and Aztec cultures. Chia seeds can be eaten whole or ground. They have a mild nutty flavor, if any flavor at all, and can be consumed both with food and beverages. Chia seeds can absorb fluid, swell into a gel-like state, and become suspended within beverages making for an impressive drink presentation.
Chia seeds have also come to be associated with several health benefits. A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds contain 138 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and a fabulous 10 grams of fiber! Chia seeds additionally provide 18 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and more omega-3 fat than can be found in flaxseed. The expansive properties of chia seeds are also thought to help control hunger. Chia seeds are said to boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aide digestion, and lower cholesterol. The science behind most of these claims is not as solid as it could be, but the chia seed still packs a powerful nutrient punch.
So, how does one consume the chia seed? Well, chia seeds have such a mild flavor and are so small that you can put them in or on almost anything. Sprinkle them on yogurt or salads. I prefer mixing them in with my oatmeal. Chia seeds can be used to make smoothies, puddings, and integrated into baked goods or casseroles. Please beware to those who are allergic to mustard, sesame seeds, oregano and thyme for you may also be sensitive to chia seeds.
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