Chia is back! But not in the form of a sprouting green clay animal. Believe it or not, the seeds used to grow such plants are a great dietary supplement! Chia seeds are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium, and a number of vitamin and minerals!
The Chia plant is native to Mexico and is grown commerically for its seeds. Chia seeds are a nutty-tasting, gluten-free whole grain and can be eaten a number of ways. You can eat chia seeds raw by tossing them into anything from salad and soups to yougurt, oatmeal, and smoothies. They can also be ground up and used in baking recipes or soaked in water to give them a gelatinous texture.
By adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet you can reap its numerous health benefits; 2 tablespoons provides you with 7g of fiber, 4g of protein, and 5g of omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds are similar to flaxseed but they do not require grinding for digestion and they do not go rancid as quickly as flaxseed. These little seeds are full of healthy fat, protein, and fiber, and are considered a superfood! They have been found to lower blood pressure, help regulate blood sugar, and even give you energy!
Chia seeds can be purchased either online or at your local health food store so give them a try and let Eat Chic know what you think!