Health is Wealth!
Known to have been cultivated by the Aztec as an important food source, often used to sustain Aztec warriors in battle. After the Spanish conquest, chia seeds were banned because of their close association to the Aztec religion. Latin America has now resumed the production of this wonderful food source.
Chia seeds contain up to 30% oil and are known for their Omega-3 Fatty Acid content; touted as superior to flax seeds. Chia seeds offer fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, niacin, and zinc to name a few.
Chia seeds form a gel when added to water. You can literally add chia seeds to any food, just as you would flax seed. Chia seeds have a nut-like flavor but I often don't even notice the taste. Just as chia seeds form a gel in water, they also become gelatinous in your stomach; slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, an added benefit.
I do recommend buying from an organic source. A 16 ounce bag of chia seeds costs approximately $14.99 and will last me about four months. I add chia seeds to my smoothies and oatmeal. I often make chia seed pudding by simply adding my favorite liquid (almond milk, hemp milk, etc) to a tablespoon of chia seeds (with honey, cinnamon, etc). Let the chia seeds soak in the liquid for about 15 minutes to obtain a thick gel like pudding.
There are many recipes out there for chia seed pudding and other chia based superfoods! Explore chia seeds and incorporate them into your diet. Omega-3's are vital for superior health and wellness. Nutrition is attainable from the foods we eat. Know your options! To your health...
Dr. Jessica Lewis
A Balanced Life