Chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and rich in antioxidants – so much so, that the seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. Unlike flaxseeds, they can be eaten in whole form, rather than grinding, and still have their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds provide fiber, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, niacin and zinc.
Chia seeds help stabilize blood sugar, are highly energizing, promote weight loss, support heart health, are anti-inflammatory, support the brain and help detoxify the body.
Originally grown in Mexico and the Southwest, chia seeds were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets in pre-Columbian times. They were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors during long conquests. Chia is a member of the mint family. Both black and white seeds exist and both are highly nutritious.
One easy and delicious way to include chia seeds in your diet is by making a chia pudding. Try our Chia Pumpkin Pudding!
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk (or water)
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and refrigerate.
- After 10 minutes, stir again then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.