Seeing that February is Heart Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be fitting to share with you one of the foods that keeps my ticker happy…chia seeds. Being touted as one of the latest superfoods, these pint-sized seeds are being used to treat many health conditions, ranging from blood sugar disorders to acid reflux. Best of all, chia seeds are flavorless and can be added to virtually anything. I’ve had many friends sneak them into their children’s, and even health food phobic husband’s, meals to give them a boost of nutrients without them even knowing! Pick up a bag the next time your at your favorite health food store and read on to learn more about these magical seeds!
Chia Seed Highlights:
- Richest plant source of omega 3s
- Have 5 times as much calcium as milk!
- Excellent source of fiber, magnesium, and protein
- Used as an inexpensive way to treat GERD or acid reflux
- Called the “Dieter’s Dream Food” because it adds bulk without adding unwanted calories
- Slows the release of sugar into the blood stream, benefiting diabetics and other blood sugar disorders
- Binds to excess cholesterol and toxins and pulls them out of the system
- Helps treat digestive issues and regulate the bowels
- Endurance and strength builder
- Maintains fluid balance
- Need I go on!?!
How to use chia seeds:
Mix 1/3 cup chia seeds with 2 cups water. Stir. Let sit 15 minutes. Store in refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks. Add to oatmeal, blend into smoothies, or just take a couple of tablespoons of chia gel plain.
Dry chia seeds can be soaked in any liquid. Try mixing a tablespoon into your favorite juice!
Soak 3 tablespoons dry chia seeds in 1 cup vanilla rice, almond or hemp milk. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon (powerful antioxidant and also helps to regulate blood sugar levels), and your preferred sweetener, if needed, and let sit for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Chia Seeds As An Egg Replacer
I haven’t tried this myself yet, but chia seeds can be used as an egg replacer in recipes. To replace one egg, simply mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit 15 minutes.
Last year I planted a small amount of chia seeds in my garden, and after 8 weeks I had large chia greens that I added to green smoothies, and also sauteed with garlic and olive oil. Delicious!
To your health,