The only thing I knew about chia seeds (before I found out they were healthy to consume) was that I used them back in grade 4 to make my beloved Chia Pet grow long and luscious grassy ‘hair’. In case you didn’t already know, these little seeds do more than just grow chia hair, they are actually an amazing Superfood that have been eaten for centuries by the Indians of the south-west and Mexico. They were even consumed by Aztec warriors during their long conquests to increase their endurance- and I figure, if chia was good enough for the Aztecs, then chia is probably good enough for me. You can eat chia seeds in your daily smoothie, baked goods, or even in a glass of water (soaked for about 20 minutes, see below).
Chia seeds are amazing for digestion and detoxifying the body. According to Kimberley Snider’s book: The Beauty Detox Foods, she believes that any food that helps pass things through the digestive tract is great for eliminating toxins from our bodies – essentially making us look and feel our absolute best. When chia seeds are put in water or eaten raw, they forms a gelatin-like substance due to their high levels of soluble and insoluble fibre. This gel helps move things along in your system, making detoxification of the colon a breeze, as well as helping to stabilize your blood sugar levels (it physically puts up a barrier in the stomach between carbs and the enzyme that breaks them down, thus slowing their absorption). Because of all that great fiber, chia is also great for keeping us feeling fuller, longer- which means that your stomach will no longer need to eat itself by lunch if you consume them early in the day! They also give you lots of slow burning energy for long workout session as they are a complete protein, are extremely high in Omega-3 (which helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, & K) and contains important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and boron. On top of all this goodness, they are high in antioxidants to defend your body from nasty environmental damage.
Below is the way I like to consume chia seeds- in a simple glass of water. I know it looks rather interesting, but fear not- as chia seeds literally have zero taste, but you should be aware that your water will become a little more ‘jelly’ like. I wouldn’t recommend consuming them like this more than a few times a week, as they may put your system into overdrive, if you know what I mean.
Let me know if you eat chia on a regular basis and if you have any creative ways of putting them into your diet.