Over the past few months we've noticed a higher-than-normal demand for chia seeds in our store. We wondered why. Quite frankly, we think it has something to do with Dr. Oz. But the question is, "What is it that makes chia seeds so alluring?" Here's what we found out:
- Energy. Chia seeds were used by the Aztecs and Mayans as a main energy source.
- Fiber. Chia seeds offer 11 grams of fiber per ounce - that's a whopping 41% of the daily recommended value!
- Omega Fatty Acids. If you're not a fish eater, omegas can be hard to get. Chia seeds are jam-packed with omega-3s and omega-6s.
- Protein. The chia seed is a complete protein.
- Weight Loss Aid. Sprinkle on salads, smoothies, soups, and casseroles. The high fiber provides bulk, meaning you feel more satisfied at meal time.
- Balance Blood Sugar. The unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down the body's conversion of starches into sugars.
Chia seeds absorb 9 times their weight in water! Put 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in 9 tablespoons of water and watch them expand and create what's called chia gel. Chia gel can then be added to...well, whatever you like. You can also add them unsoaked to whatever suits your fancy.
Now go get yourself some chia seeds and see what they can do for you. Here are a couple recipes to get you started:
Over at The Yummy Life you can get recipes for 14 different flavors of Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal. It is sooo good. Don't miss out on a super easy, healthy, and filling breakfast.
You can find recipes for chia seed pudding all over the internet, but this one from What's Cooking Good Looking is particularly good.
Enjoy your chia seeds and here's to good health!