Chia is a member of the mint family, seeds are either white or black and both are highly nutritious, loaded with vitamin C, A, B, protein, 18 amino acids, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, fibre. They contain higher antioxidants than blueberries and more of omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. These fatty acids supports heart health, regulate blood sugar, and promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
These little buggers absorb 17x their weight in water. If you soak them for about 30 min, you will get a glass of almost solid gelatin ( soluble fiber) When eating chia, these fibers form gel-like texture in the stomach that creates barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes, slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars. So they can be natural aid in controlling diabetes.
- chia puddings ( 1 cup of coconut milk or 1 cup almond milk + 3 tbs chia seeds + 1 tbs agave or honey + 1 tsp vanilla extract = allow to chill over night )
- use in place of an egg in recipes ( 1 tbs of chia finally ground + 3 tbs of water per egg and let it sit for 15 min)
- add into your salads, cereals, yogurt
- ground can be mixed into smoothies and baked goods
- stay hydrated - mix coconut water and seeds to form natural energy drink CHIA FRESCA