Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds!

August 31, 2018

Look beyond the Chia Pet and discover the new milenium’s superfood!

The 1980’s Classic

In the 1980’s did you own a chia pet? Ever think that there might be a gold-mine of nutrition in that plant and terracotta animal you were watering? Time to flip that chia pet on its head…

Chia seeds are grey/black in color and can easily be mistaken for poppy seeds. You can find them at the health food store, Bulk Barn or in the organic section of your local grocery store. They might be more expensive than other seeds but become cost effective because they are universal: you can add them to just about any meal or dish. But why would you want to introduce chia seeds into your life? Well, get ready for this: they contain 3 times MORE IRON than spinach, 5 times MORE CALCIUM than milk, 7 times MORE VITAMIN C than oranges and 15 times MORE MAGNESIUM than broccoli. Chia seeds are a great source of FIBER, rich in PROTEIN and OMEGA 3.

These miracle seeds also help balance blood sugar (so you have sustainable energy and don’t crash), are gluten free, and loaded with anti-oxidants. So you’re convinced, but where to start? Chia makes a great stand-in for eggs (one egg = 1Tbsp chia seed soaked in ¼ cup for 5 minutes; it will become gelatinous, just like an egg). Having no flavor, you can easily add chia seeds to any baking, sprinkle in your salads, mix into your pasta sauce, spoon into your porridge, and whirl into your smoothies.

 

Want a healthy dessert for your kid’s lunchbox? Try this chocolate pudding: mix 1/2 cup of chocolate almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk), 2Tbsp chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon. Add sliced bananas and wait… in a few minutes (approx. 30mins) the chia will change the consistency and expand and voila, instantly happy chocolate gulping smiles staring back at you.

Stay healthy with Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds!

 

Carole Woodstock, RHN, FIS, NCCP

www.fuel4lifenutrition.com

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