Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia Hispanica plant which is a type of sage in the Mint family. It mostly grows in southern Mexico. They are also loaded with nutrients!
It is possible that Chia seeds aid in lowering blood pressure and may improve cardiovascular and colonic health.
I’ve read on a couple blogs that these seeds have a nutty flavor.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3, protein, fiber and whole grain. They are also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron and magnesium. These seeds are also loaded with antioxidants!
Basically a lot of good stuff packed into a small seed 🙂
How to use it?
You can add Chia seeds to just about anything. Smoothies, dips, soups, salad, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, cookies and muffins – just to name a few.
If you don’t care for the Chia seed crunch try making a Chia gel. Make this by adding Chia seeds to water – wait until it gels and then add to your food.
These little nutrient wonders have been all over the blogging world. I never really understood what the big deal was about them. However, doing a little research on the web quickly showed me just how great these little guys are.
You can add them to just about anything and ramp up the nutrient value, big time!
The next time I’m at Whole Foods I’m going to try and find some Chia seeds. If they aren’t all that expensive I might even throw some in my shopping basket 🙂
Have you ever used Chia seeds? If so, how did you use them?
Disclaimer: I must say I’m not a registered dietitian. This post is based on my own personal knowledge, opinions and research.