Chia is definitely one of my favorite ‘superfoods’. Chia is not only super healthy, it also comes in handy for adding volume to liquid meals (like I do with my Best Oat Bran) and smoothies, and they make for the best vegan eggs.
Chia seeds are an Ancient Aztek miracle food that formed the majority of their diets. Even though Chia seeds are plant-based and tiny, they are nutritional powderhouses. Not only the Azteks but also Indians and Mayans swore by Chia seeds, sometimes living of off only one teaspoon a day when going on marches. So how was a teaspoon of Chia seeds able to sustain such a vigorous lifestyle?
Chia seeds contain:
- 15 times more magnesium than broccoli
- 8 times more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon (1 T = 100% RDI)
- 6 times more calcium than milk
- 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- 2,4 times more iron than beef
- 2,5 times more protein than legumes
- 2 times more potassium than a banana
- 1,1 times more fiber than oats
- about the same amount of folic acid as asparagus
- all 9 essential amino acids (‘complete protein’)
& contain large amounts of B vitamins
& have antioxidant activity
& are gluten free
& are tolerable for people with nut/seeds allergy
& chia seeds do not need to be ground (like flax) to obtain health benefits
& around 60-80 calories per 2 tablespoons (sources differ)
- Build muscle & tissue
- Good for skin, hair & brain
Holy cow Batman! Now this is why I love Chia seeds. Another very cool feat of these seeds is that they absorb 10 times their weight in water. This makes the Chia seeds not only very hydrating (good post-workout fuel!), you can also do all kinds of cool stuff with them, like making Chia pudding:
Simply mix water with Chia seeds and any kind of flavoring you like (pumpkin, vanilla, chocolate, fruity), let sit for a few hours in the fridge & voila: delicious nutritious superfood snack.
I find that Chia seeds have a very mild nutty flavor, but this flavor is hardly detectable when incorporated in dishes. When I bake with them, I can’t detect their taste nor structure & the same goes for my morning bowl of Oat Bran.
I am a huge fan of little Chia seeds and want to share the Chia love, which is why I will be giving away one 500g(1lb) bag to one lucky winner!
In order to win you have to leave a comment in the comment section and do one of the following:
- follow me on facebook or twitter or, if you already follow me:
- share this article on facebook or twitter (& tag me so I know of course )
The give-away will last for three days and ends Wednesday morning (European time) 8am.
If you don’t win but still like to purchase them I found these two (Dutch) options (but I’m sure there’s more options! + iHerb.com sells them for sweet prices):
- unlimitedhealth.com (€12,95 / 500 g)
- spiruella (€12,95 / 500 g)
Note: ~15 grams is one serving (2 T) so a bag goes a long way !
Enjoy your Sundays & good luck in the give-away!