Chia seeds have been used for centuries for their long-lasting energy, fiber and amino acids.
Chia seeds are also known as salba grain or salvia hispanica. They’re native to Southern and Central Mexico as well as Guatemala. These seeds (derived from the whole plant, specifically the flower) were an important crop grown and used by the Aztecs for their health benefits.
The small seed packs a nutrient dense punch to nourish and fuel the body for long periods of time. These tiny water-loving seeds are loaded with nutrition and deserve the title “superfood”!
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are praised for their healthy fat and plant-based protein content. They are a particularly great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which help to raise “good” cholesterol in the body (HDL). Adequate levels of HDL in the body can help to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) as well!
They have a great balance of amino acids making them a good choice for plant-based protein. Along with their healthy fat and protein, chia seeds are also packed with fiber and antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the omega 3 fatty acids from going rancid. The fiber is responsible for keeping you full after eating chia seeds, and it also helps provide you with lasting energy over the course of the day.
Nutrient Breakdown of Chia Seeds:
*Per 1 ounce
- Protein | 4g (It is a “complete” protein as it contains all the essential amino acids.)
- Fiber | 11g, mostly soluble
- Omega-3 fatty acids | 4.9g
- Omega-6 fatty acids | 1.6g
- Calcium | 18% DV
- Phosphorus | 27% DV
- Manganese | 30% DV
- Zinc | 7% DV
How To Use:
Soak chia seeds in water or the liquid of your choice at least 20 minutes before consuming. Chia seeds love water and will soak up any liquid around it. Add chia seed “gel” to thicken smoothies, desserts, porridge, oatmeal, or use as a vegan “egg” in baking!
When using ground chia seeds, if you have leftovers store these in the freezer to help keep them fresh. Also, when purchasing in bulk, keep some in the pantry for everyday use and the rest in the freezer!