In recent years chia seeds have taken the world by storm. Their name comes from ancient Mayan and means strength. World renowned nutrition experts call these tiny black seeds superfood and the name is justly deserved. They are packed with nutrients that are beneficial to human body and brain. They contain fiber, proteins, Omega-3 fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1 and B2.
What’s more, they are loaded with antioxidants which fight the production of free radicals. And as we all know, these bad boys are responsible for damaging our cells and contribute to ageing and various diseases like cancer.
Chia is one of the best sources of fiber. These little fellas can absorb 10-12 times their weight in water. As a result, they expand in the stomach giving a sense of fullness. And if you don’t feel hungry you consume less calories.
Chia seeds are also a good source of protein, and a diet rich in protein can reduce appetite and help lose weight. Therefore, if you consider shedding some unwanted pounds, it is a good idea to incorporate them into your menu. They can be eaten raw or soaked in milk, yoghurt and water. You can add them to your morning cereal or evening porridge. They go well with fruit and vegetables. And you can sprinkle them on your salad, ice cream or baked bread.
It is a small wonder that health geeks like me cannot resist numerous benefits of chia seeds. I consume two teaspoons in the morning. I mix them with a tablespoon of crushed nuts, one teaspoon of dried cranberries and apricots and Greek yoghurt. I sometimes add white mulberry and roasted cocoa beans for extra flavour.
It is a real struggle for me to eat anything in the morning. I am a person who starts to think about breakfast several hours after waking up. Chia seeds muesli is easy to swallow and keeps me going for few hours.
There are lots of delicious chia recipes online. All you have to do is to find your own way to consume these healthy black seeds.