Every time we hear about a new super food craze, we look at it with some skepticism. Chia seeds though, is one that is 100% worth all the hype.
Chia seeds are tiny little seeds that are chock full of all the best nutrients that are known to have been the favorites of ancient Aztec warriors and was eaten by the Mayans. As a matter of fact, the word ‘chia’ directly translates to ‘strength’ in ancient Mayan.
So what makes these little seeds so special and so good for diets? Let’s go through some of the finer details of the long list.
- More calcium than milk, more antioxidants than berries
Chia seeds contains so many important nutrients; calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, omega-3, Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and the list goes on. All of this helps you lose weight the right way, because the recommended daily portion only contains, shockingly, about 100 calories!
The high amount of protein (14%) lowers your snacking appetite and reduces cravings through the day.
- Fiber rich replacement for eggs (and vegan!)
For those looking to keep to a strict diet, good news! Chia seeds are non-GMO, whole-grain, gluten free and vegan friendly. These seeds will absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, so not only is it easy to make delicious overnight breakfast puddings, but you can use it as an easy and healthy egg replacement in baking.
Take 01 tablespoon of ground chia seeds, mix with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for about 20 minutes. The resulting gel can be used as a vegan substitute for eggs in baking recipes.
- Only 2 tablespoons a day, and so easy to eat
Chia seeds, by themselves, are pretty tasteless. But this is actually a plus point because it makes it so versatile. You can let it absorb juice or milk and eat the resulting ‘chia pudding’, or get a little more creative!
Sprinkle the seeds onto your breakfast omelet, cereal, or pancake batter. Add it to your fried rice or noodles. Or even mix in with your salad dressing or sandwich filling for a satisfying crunch.
Words by Ruba Ali