CHIA SEEDS: What are they and why do I need them?
Chia seeds are known as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, but WHAT ARE THEY?
Related to the mint, chia seeds are tiny black seeds that grow on a plant known as the Salvia Hispanica, natively grown in South America. They were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan diet in ancient times, and are becoming quite popular in the health-conscious market today. Although mall, chia seeds pack quite a punch in the nutritional department.
Some of the many nutritional benefits include:
- High Quality Protein
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- ..and much more!
Chia seeds are known to help rid the body of toxins, enhance exercise performance, lower blood pressure, being important for bone health, and more.
Chica seeds are great on their own, added to drinks, smoothies, as a salad topping, as an egg substitute, and added to just about any recipe. When they come in contact with liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous (which is great for our bodies!). However, despite the delicious flavor from the seeds, this texture can make it difficult for some people to consume them in drink form, such as an additive to a glass of water. If the texture bothers you, there are still many other ways to consume chia seeds without noticing. Perhaps adding them to a fruit smoothie or yogurt could be your answer. For a yummy pudding recipe, check out this post on Foodnetwork.com.
If you happen to have any creative recipes that include chia seeds, I’d love to see them! Feel free to post them on our Facebook page.
..And if you haven’t yet tried chia seeds, it’s a must!!
Owner & Founder of Studio MB