Be Super Human with the Super Food CHIA

July 20, 2015

Be Super Human with the Super Food CHIA

This Recipe is: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Nut Free, and Healthy!

A super food is defined as being nutrient rich and beneficial for your health and well-being.  With all the nutrients found in chia seeds, how could chia not be a super food? Chia is packed with nutrients.

Nutrition:

In just one ounce of chia seeds (2 tablespoons) there is 138 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. In this ounce, it contains 18% of your daily value of calcium, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese, and small amounts of potassium, zinc, and copper. (1&4) But that’s not all. Chia is also packed with 4,500 milligrams per ounce of alpha-linoleic acid omega -3s. In other words it helps provide the body with antioxidants to turn glucose into energy.(2) And if you thought flax seed was nutritious, you thought wrong; Chia is actually more nutrient rich than flax seed.(4) Just the nutrition alone had me, but if you are not sold yet on Chia, just wait theres more awesomeness.

History:

Chia seeds were originally grown in Mexico and South America and first used by the Aztecs and Mayans around 3500 B.C. The Aztecs used the chia in their diets by mixing it with other foods, beverages, and even medicines. Chia was extremely beneficial to the Aztecs as when chia is mixed with the right ingredients it can be stored and easily carried for many years. And if they weren’t eating chia for energy, the Aztecs were offering it to the gods in religious ceremonies.(3)

Now chia seeds are grown in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Australia, and you can find chia seeds in almost any grocery store.  If you’d rather buy online chia seeds are available at places like Amazon or the online vitaminshoppe.com or wholefoodsmarket.com.

Now you might be asking, how should I eat chia seeds?

Chia has a mild, nutty flavor and can be eaten raw or baked. Plus you can add chia to sweet or savory foods to add texture and flavor. You can add chia to almost anything for a super snack, a super drink, or a super desert.

If you’re looking for something quick and simple, add chia seeds to top your yogurt, oatmeal, and even cereal. Or if you like to make smoothies, you can add chia seeds. A popular smoothie with chia is the Tropical Chia Smoothie with coconut milk, mango, pineapple, banana, and chia. To learn how to make this visit; yummymummykitchen.com.

If you’re vegan and looking for an egg substitute, just add liquid to chia, let it swell, and become gel like to get similar nutrients to a large egg.

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy, on the go summer breakfast try Chia Pudding. I’ve been going through a kick of making it every morning before work. It super easy and time efficient.

 

Recipe-

2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds (remember how much nutrition is in those 2 tablespoon)

1 cup of coconut milk (or milk substitute of your choice)

couple drops of vanilla

fruit of your choice

sweetener of your choice

Direction:

Pour all the ingredients in a mason jar or jar of your choice and then pack it high with extra fruit it you’d like. I tend to not use a sweetener but either way is still delicious. You can make it the night before for extra thickness or make it in the morning, and by the time you get to work it will be ready!!

And believe me, that’s not all you can make with chia. There are so many recipes and ideas you can find online. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Sources:
  1. http://www.foodandnutrition.org/January-February-2014/Chia-Seeds-Tiny-Seeds-with-a-Rich-History/
  2. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/alphalipoic-acid
  3. http://www.chiaseeds.net.au/pages.php?pageid=10
  4. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291334.php

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