They are rich in proteins, omega fats, antioxidants and dietary fiber. They have a mild aroma which is very similar to the one of walnuts. These seeds absorb fluids, so they’re ideal for hydration and a feeling of fullness which lasts for hours.
The Maya and Inca tribes gained great respect for this small but nutritious seed. Actually, Chia is a Mayan word and it means “strength”. There is a lot of strength in Chia seeds, because they contain too many nutrients.
This seed is a great source of healthy essential fatty acids. For example, it contains 8 times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia seeds also contain omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants (one gram of Chia seed is four times richer in antioxidants than fresh blueberries) and proteins which are extremely important for your health.
Many studies have shown that the consumption of chia seeds can also affect the health of hair and nails, which is due to the act that these seeds are a great source of proteins (20%).
Chia seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fibers, a source of easily digestible vegetable proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. They are great for skin regeneration and burning fat, they strengthen the body and affect the digestive system positively.
Many nutritionists agree that Chia seeds are one of the best you can consume if you feel exhausted and without energy, because they affect the muscle function and release the energy in your body, which is why they’re often used by athletes. This seed contains 37% of fiber which stimulates the intestinal work.
Diets or strict regimes based on consuming this seed have been proved to be excellent in the treatment of colon cancer and the prevention of cancer.
This seed has a superior ability of hydration, proteins and fiber which will prolong the feeling of satiety. The consumption of chia seeds to reduce the appetite speeds up metabolism and activates glycogen which is also important for burning fat.
How Can You Prepare These Great Seeds?
You can use them in preparing a healthy lunch or snacks.
Add them into salads to increase the intake of proteins. Add Chia seeds in cereals, in risotto, Gino, amaranth or millet at the end of the cooking process and stir all well. Use them in pies and pastries or as a mixture when you’re preparing chicken and fish, instead of breadcrumbs.
You can also make a pudding from Chia seeds as a dessert.
Mix these seeds with coconut or almond milk and add something of the following: dried coconut, walnuts, raspberry, crushed almonds, cocoa, apple, rose hip or cranberry.
No matter how you’ll add them into your meals, Chia seeds will certainly enrich your health!