Chia is from the annual herb family of mint. Folklore dates chia back to pre-Colombian Aztec times, where the seed was used in pudding and bread recipes. Notably it was used by messengers of the day, who would consume it for endurance performance. The Chia seed contains essential minerals, phosphorous, manganese, calcium, potassium, sodium.
How to use
Sprinkle a tablespoon of Chia seeds as a healthy topping for smoothies, cereals or yogurt. Chia seeds are great to use in puddings and breads.
Chia seeds can also be used as an egg replacement – simply mix in with water to form a gel to use in recipes that require eggs.
Make sure you drink plenty of water since Chia seeds are high in dietary fibre.
The Chia seed contains essential minerals, phosphorous, manganese, calcium, potassium, sodium. But most importantly it contains 13% fat, of which 64% is ALA (a-linolenic acid), also known as Omega 3, which is critical for our body to function at optimum levels. It cannot be synthesized by the human body but is vital for normal metabolism.
Chia seeds are a great source of protein containing all 8 essential amino acids. They are also rich in dietary fibre making them great for maintaining digestive health.