About 10 years ago, I was browsing Amazon for some new and exciting health books to waste my money on, and I came across a book about chia seeds. Unfortunately, my chia seed book was lost somewhere between here and Denmark during one of my trips. But, nonetheless the book peaked my interest on foods like chia seeds and hemp seeds.
For a little seed, Chia packs quite a punch nutritionally.
A tablespoon of of Chia contains:
- 60 calories
- 4 grams of fat (Contains - 2,430mg Omega 3, 680mg Omega 6, 280mg Omega 9)
- 4 grams of carbohydrates
- 4 grams of dietary fiber (The 4 grams of fiber cancels out the carbs – chia wont raise your blood sugar)
- Contains Calcium, Iron and Magnesium
- Chia seeds are very high in antioxidants
As you can see one tablespoon of chia seeds has a very impressive nutritional profile and you could easily say that chia is a very nutritionally dense food source. This is one of the reasons I am such a big fan of chia and have been consuming it for years.
My other reason for consuming chia is that it makes an excellent mid afternoon snack!
Now what do you do with Chia seeds? I tend to keep it simple. I take a tablespoon of chia, dump it in a glass, and pour a bit of orange juice over it and slam it. Surprisingly this can keep me full for a while.
Here are some other things you can do with Chia:
- Strawberries and “Cream” Chia Pudding: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-strawberry-chia-pudding-recipes-from-the-kitchn-189016
- Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars: https://wendypolisi.com/quinoa-chia-seed-protein-bars/
- Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding: https://minimalistbaker.com/overnight-chocolate-chia-seed-pudding/
As you can see Chia seeds are quite versatile! Now get out there and try something new.