I first heard of Chia Seeds when I read a magazine interview with Miranda Kerr, where she said that Chia Seeds are a must-have super food in her diet. After that it was everyone from Dr. Oz to food documentaries (which I love to watch) that kept mentioning this amazing seed, you’d think it’s some sort of a miracle food. Because, naturally, I became intrigued, I bought a big bag of Chia Seeds and began to incorporate them into my diet. So what makes Chia Seeds so special?
Well, how about this: one tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk; it’s a great source of healthy Omega3 fats (they contain more Omega3s than Salmon, believe it or not), fiber, manganese, phosphorus and even protein. When Chia Seed is exposed to water or any other type of liquid, it absorbs it and transforms into a soft, gelatinous form, which helps you feel full a lot faster while improving your digestion at the same time.
The easiest way to add Chia Seeds to your diet is to simply sprinkle it on what you already eat. I like to add a spoonful to my protein shake, a salad and even a sandwich. Chia Seeds are so tiny that the taste is almost undetectable (if you don’t mix them with some type of liquid and eat them raw, the seeds can get stuck in your teeth though). Since the seeds turn into gel when in contact with liquid, you can also make a Chia Seed pudding very easily by adding some milk or juice. You can also add them to your water; I specifically like to have a warm glass of water with half of lemon and a teaspoon of Chia Seeds first thing in the morning. This helps to cleanse the digestive system, boosts the immune system and balances pH levels.
Have you ever tried Chia Seeds?