Did you know chia seed are among the healthiest foods on the planet! They are loaded with nutrients that benefit both your brain and your body. Don’t be fooled by their tiny size, there itsy bitsy black seeds pack a nutritional punch. We are talking about fiber, antioxidants, healthy fat, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, vitamin B 1, 2, & 3! To top things off, chia seeds are a “whole grain” food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.
Chia seeds are a high quality protein source, and in case you didn’t know, protein has all sorts of benefits for health. A high protein intake reduces appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60% and the desire for night time snacking by 50%. Why? Because the protein keeps you feeling fuller longer.
Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet. The seeds themselves taste rather bland, so you can add them to pretty much anything.
They also don’t need to be ground like flax seeds, which makes them much easier to prepare. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridges and puddings, or incorporated into baked goods.
You can sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and even used as egg substitutes in recipes. Just mix with water and turned into a gel which binds and thickens.
Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost the nutritional value of any meal or snack.
Here’s a recipe I tried for “Banana Chia Pudding” – light and perfectly sweet, healthy treat, that is dairy-free, low-carb and no sugar added.
Banana Chia Pudding
The possibilities for ingredients are really endless, but this one has just three:
almond coconut milk
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup almond coconut milk
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
*Dash of cinnamon, cardamom, natural honey optional
Banana Chia Pudding Directions
In a food processor or blender, combine the banana and almond coconut milk.
Process until smooth.
Throw in the chia seeds and pulse a few times to mix evenly.
Pour into a container and chill for an hour to let the chia seeds plump up a bit.