Chia seeds – a true super food
Chia Seeds are a member of the mint family, which have been eaten in South America for over 5000 years, and they have the broadest scientific benefits of any food known. Until recently few people had ever heard of these incredibly nutritious seeds which are now easily a/v in most health shops. They contain more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than spinach, more Omega 3 fats than salmon, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas and more antioxidants than blueberries! They are a complete protein, gluten free and high in fibre. They can absorb five times their weight in fluid in 15 minutes – are tasteless and can be eaten at any time. They slow the rate at which carbohydrates are absorbed which aids weight loss, and reduces cravings for sweet foods – which helps to control fluctuating blood sugar levels that are known to trigger mood swings. Also, if you live and/ or work in a heated or air-conditioned building, then the air can become very dry- contributing to dehydration, which in turn can trigger constipation. But if you use chia (and linseeds) regularly, they are a great way to keep things moving! Also, Chia Seeds do not turn rancid when heated and therefore make a great addition to flapjacks and muffins. I prefer to simply soak a tablespoon in coconut (KOKO) milk – stir/whisk – and leave for about 15 minutes after which they become somewhat gelatinous. If you then mash in your favourite fruit to this mix, it makes a healthy dessert or add to any fruit salad – delicious! The seeds are tasteless, yet easy to digest. A great addition to anyone’s diet and especially useful for vegetarians who may be concerned about a lack of protein and iron in their diet.