Chia seeds are truly one of nature’s superfoods. Here’s the scoop:
The health benefits
- Their high omega 3 and natural fibre content makes them fantastic for blood sugar control, which is the key to satiety, energy and weight management.
- They are a complete protein, providing all of our essential amino acids, which is actually quite rare from a vegetarian source.
- They are high in calcium, making them a great dairy free alternate for bone health.
- They are rich in iron, vitamin C, manganese and phosphorus.
Black v White Chia Seeds
While some believe white chia seeds are nutritionally superior, to this date, no large-scale, independent research has been conducted. Any difference in nutritional content can most likely be attributed to different production factors such as climate, soil quality, storage and transport.
Where to buy them
Bulk purchases are the most economical. I love to support small family owned local businesses, you will find chia seeds at your local market or health food store, or in the health food aisle of the supermarket.
How to store them
Keep the omega 3 intact and store your chia seeds in the fridge. To avoid toxic chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), please use glass wherever possible.
- Add to smoothies (just soak in liquid for 5 minutes first).
- Use in raw treats like this Raw Chocolate Crackle Slice for extra satiety and crunch.
- Add to homemade cereal or granola. Check out my Gluten Free and Sugar Free Granola here.
- Make a chia pudding: three tablespoons soaked overnight in your choice of milk, topped with nuts, seeds and coconut yogurt prior to serving.
- Try this ‘chia egg’, as a fantastic vegan egg replacement:
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons water
- Soak chia seeds in water for 5 minutes and use as you would eggs in baked goods. If a recipe calls for 4 eggs, use 4 chia eggs. Yes, it’s that simple!
What is your favourite way to use chia seeds?