7 Reasons to Love Chia

by Polly N on March 10, 2012

I have been raving about chia seeds for a while now. You may have seen them featured in my food journals as my breakfast staple as I really love them! Chia is an ancient superfood staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures. In Mayan, chia means ‘strength’ so it is not surprising that they have earned the nickname ‘Indian Running Food’.

 

 Here are 7 reasons why you should love them too;

1. Feel full for longer – when immersed in liquid, the chia seed releases a gel like substance (stick with me here) which is calorie-free yet increases the size and weight of the seed. This means it keeps you feeling fuller for longer meaning that your body feels sustained and therefore you don’t feel the need to eat, eat, eat!

2. Stable blood sugar and energy levels – The seeds unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down the body’s conversion of starches into sugars meaning that it keeps your blood sugar stable which is most definitely what we want to encourage if we are to reduce the body’s cellular inflammation response.

3.  Complete protein – Chia is a complete source of protein, vitamins and minerals which provide sustained energy and contain twice the amount of protein of any other seed or grain.

4. High nutritional profile – Chia is loaded with magnesium, boron, calcium, antioxidants and essential fatty acids which are important to help protect us from ill-health.

5. Amazing source of Omega 3 – The Standard UK (SUK!) diet is overloaded with Omega 6 which promotes inflammation and puts us more at risk of chronic disease. Chia has a high content of Omega 3 oil which is important in the prevention of heart and cholesterol health.

6. Internal sweep – The soluble fibre in the gelatinous coating of the chia keeps the colon hydrated, helps to eliminate accumulated matter and helps to regulate bowel movements.

7. Easy to use – They don’t have any flavour meaning that they will take on the flavour in which you combine them. They are extremely versatile and can be used in smoothies, cakes, crackers, biscuits and puddings.

This was my breakfast this morning, after my staple green juice of course!

 

How do you eat yours?

Thank you to Evolution Organics who sent me these chia to try. If you’ve never tried chia before, you can buy them here.

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Emma March 11, 2012 at 1:35 am

Hi Polly, I’m enjoying your blog :) I used to have chia seeds everyday but haven’t had them in a while; you’ve inspired to include them in my diet again! I use them for thickening smoothies and puddings as well as fattening up bowls of oats.

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Julia March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Hi Polly, your very obvious enthusiam inspired me to crack open my packet of Chia Seeds this morning and give them a try. I did a good job with recreating your recent brekkie photo with goji berries (which I have also been wondering what to do with!) and dessicated coconut – all super yummy!! Not sure on the Cacoa nibs yet though – they look like they’d be a bit hard on my teeth!!

Thanks for the inspiration. Julia

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Kimberley April 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

I love chia seeds and you’re so right, they’re incredibly versatile! I always add a tablespoon into my green smoothies but that breakfast you’re made looks amazing! x

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shayne May 1, 2012 at 2:01 am

I love this blog. chia and Cocoa, I drink that alternately. It make my body good and make me feel better I drink.

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