Chia. You’ve heard of it. Either through source A
or source B
So what’s all the fuss?
Chia seeds are little black seeds that come from the plant Salvia Hispanica. This plant is related to the mint and grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were staple food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day because they provided sustainable energy. Cool fact- “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” SOURCE
1 ounce of chia seeds contains 137 calories, 1 digestible carb and all these goodies
Fiber- 11 g
Fat – 9g
Calcium – 18% of RDA
Phosphorus – 27%
Manganese – 30%
They also absorb up to 30 times their weight in water. What does this mean for you? Hydration help!
There is some debate over the true POWER of these tiny seeds. Health Warrior (no, I’m not sponsored by them, just love them) portrays chia seeds as little David… as in David and Goliath
But others say it’s just the latest health food fad
Several articles like THIS exist claiming that a very small percentage of the plant-based ALA omega 3’s in chia seeds can actually be converted for human consumption, that the phytic acid in these seeds can block absorption of other important nutrients and cause a “leaky” gut. Most of these claims come from the Paleo crowd, while the very opposite comes from the plant-based one. I wrote a post about phytic acid HERE if you care to read and chose your own “side.”
Either way, I would highly recommend adding them to your diet. Maybe not daily, but often! Here are some great ways to do just that.
Gluten-free blueberry muffins
Combine 2 mashed bananas, 1 cup of GF oats, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup of chia seeds and 4 TBS nut butter in a bowl. Mix well and divide between 6-9 muffin “holes” in a muffin baking sheet. Cook on 350F for 15 min.
1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla and sprinkle of cinnamon in a mason jar. Shake, put lid on and store overnight in fridge. Yogurt/pudding for the AM!
1.5 cups of water with 1 entire lemon squeezed in or 1/2 cup of favorite juice (I used a splash of cranberry above) and 3 TBS chia seeds. Combine in a mason jar and shake well. Seal the lid in store in the refrigerator overnight.
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