Chia: The New Super-Seed

Chia seeds

Forget flax seeds, Chia (known as the ancient seed of strength) is the new super-seed of choice. These powerful seeds not only nourish our beautiful bodies with more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon but are also high in protein and minerals: iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. Weight for weight they contain 3 times more iron than spinach and 3 times more antioxidant activity than blueberries. The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds helps to boost metabolism and promote lean muscle mass.

Similar to psyllium, the swelling action of Chia in the body helps to cleanse and soothe the colon, and absorb toxins while lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action. For this reason, many people have found Chia quite useful in weight loss and weight maintenance. Chia is also easily digestible. The shells are effortlessly broken down, even when swallowed whole. This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly. If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through. After eating Chia seeds you will notice an almost instant lift energy levels as the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to this ease in digestion.

Easy to prepare, you can sprinkle ground or whole Chia seeds on cereal, yogurt or salads. They add a slightly nutty flavour to food and can also be enjoyed on their own. I love making Chia porridge for Breakfast or a quick snack. To make your own: stir two tablespoons of Chia seeds into one cup of hot water. Let them stand for five minutes then stir again and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Chia seeds are available at most Healthfood and Wholefood stores or online here

 

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