We love chia seeds here at Sana Vita. And if you’re not including them in your diet then stop everything and read this blog because even though these seeds are tiny, they pack a heavy nutritional punch.
Hailing from Mexico, these seeds have always been valued for their nutritional and medicinal properties. In fact, even the name means “strength” in Mayan.
With more antioxidants than blueberries, more potassium than a banana and three times more iron than spinach, Chia seeds are certainly THE superfood to be added to your diet.
Here are just a few reasons why chia seeds should be a regular feature in your diet…
Digestive health. First up these seeds are FULL of fibre and have nearly 11 grams per ounce, this is great news for your digestive system. It’s because of this fibre that when mixed with liquid (water or almond milk for example) they swell in to a gel like substance. This will also help keep you fuller for longer and could have a positive effect on any weight loss goals you may have.
High in protein. By weight chia seeds work out at around 14% protein. Protein is essential for good health as protein boasts our metabolism (calorie burning), keeps our energy up and blood sugar levels stable. Protein is also used by every single cell in our body and is crucial for building muscle mass, helping cognitive function and much more.
Good for your heart. Chia seeds are high in a fatty acid called linolenic, which helps the body absorb vitamins such as A,D,E and K – all essential vitamins for good heart health. Chia seeds also help lower blood pressure, reverse inflammation and regulate cholesterol.
Stronger, healthier bones. Chia seeds have 18% of the daily recommendation of calcium, meaning they are great for strong bones. They’re also good for oral health too, packed with Vitamin A, zinc, calcium and phosphorus all elements which will work together to have an antibacterial effect and keep bad breath at bay.
Anti-Aging. Forget fancy lotions and potions, good skin starts on your plate. Chia seeds have natural antioxidants that show that they stop up to 70% of free radical activity. The antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems and stop further damage.
Raspberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
One of the best ways of eating chia seeds is to make a pudding. Because these puddings aren’t just for after dinner, they’re also great for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
PLUS it’s extremely easy to make, perfect for a busy lifestyle.
(4 – 6 servings)
One can coconut milk
1/4 cup honey, or to taste
1 vanilla bean, scraped
3/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/2 cup chia seeds
Handful of raspberries to top
Place the coconut milk, honey, vanilla and lime in a blender and blend until smooth.
Next place the chia seeds in a large bowl and pour the mixture on top and whisk thoroughly.
Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours (note this lasts up to three days).
Spoon in to individual bowls and top with raspberries before serving.
The longer you leave the mix, the thicker and more luxurious it will become. If it’s too thick for your taste, just add a bit of nut milk or water and mix through.