Why we love chia
Chia seeds originate from South America and have been used as a food for thousands of years by the Mayans and Aztecs. Recently chia seeds have been labelled a complete super food as they are one of the richest plant sources of omega 3, dietary fibre and protein. These nutrient dense seeds also contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. Recent scientific studies have shown chia seeds have beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight management, and inflammation due to their high content of valuable nutrients.
Why we love chia…
- Source of antioxidants
- Source of protein
- Source of fibre
- Source of essential fatty acids
- Source of vitamins and minerals
As you can see, chia seeds are a fantastic addition to boost your daily nutrient intake. With their mild flavour, they blend in easily with a variety of dishes:
- Sprinkle over cereal or porridge
- Add to fruit and yoghurt
- Mix into smoothies and juices
- Use to thicken sauces or casseroles
- Mix into baking – muffins, slices etc
- Mix into salad dressings
When added to sauces, baking, smoothies or juices, chia seeds will swell and thicken the mixture. For this reason, it is also important to drink sufficient fluids so that the chia seeds can travel through your digestive tract easily. With so many benefits, chia seeds provide the ideal source to bump up your nutritional intake each day. Enjoy the benefits of this powerful little super seed today!