If you enjoy the nut-like taste/flavor, than you will fall in love with chia seeds! They're considered one of the top recommended superfoods for its nutrient dense content.
Chia is a small seed that's usually brownish to whitish in color. This seed is normally grown in hot climates such as: Ecuador, Guatemala etc…
Chia can be used in many dishes, but when eaten raw it's excellent sources of omega 3 and dietary fibers come to life!
Improved digestion – guess what has loads of fiber, is gluten free as well as dairy free? You guessed it – CHIA! The soluble fiber that comes from the gel action of the seed helps to hydrate the colon as well as move the food through the intestines. Chia can be very smoothing to people with bowel disorders.
Energy Boost – your levels of energy have a lot to do with what you put inside yourself. This amazing little seed is considered one of the highest plant based forms of protein there is, next to hemp! Usually high protein foods come loaded with omega 6’s, but not this baby – chia is quite the opposite being an excellent source of omega 3’s.
Feeling Fuller for Longer – when chia is consumed the gel action involving the soluble and insoluble fiber leaves the body feeling fuller for longer, because the fiber helps to slow everything down also giving the body a chance to “slowly” convert the starches to sugars for lasting energy.
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Out of all the superfoods chia contains the highest omega 3 content in nature! Chia Seeds are one of the greatest places to get the vegetarian fatty source alpha-linoleic acid (ALA).
Some people ask the question: well, if it has fat than what about the cholesterol? And the answer is: Chia-seed cholesterol is not a problem because they do not contain any. They have the perfect ratio of omega fatty acids to help maintain a healthy heart.
Chia’s omega 3 content also helps to regulate blood sugar due
to the “gel like” action than combined with the fiber slows down the way your body converts
starches into sugar thus giving you less of a sugar rush.
Chia Iron – chia is a good source of iron. Iron is an important element of the hemoglobin which is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. You must have iron is order to have proper red blood cell production.
Potassium – is a mineral that is crucial to the neuron system. It aids in helping the brain function the way it should. Also potassium helps to prevent muscle contraction almost like a muscle relaxer.
Protein – if you need a boost in the protein department, chia has the answer. Chia is a wonderful source for both essential and non essential amino acids. Proteins are important for everyday life, the body uses proteins to perform many functions including: building and repairing body tissues as well as being used for the production of: hair, skin and nails.
Antioxidants – an antioxidant is a molecular that possesses the ability to stop other molecular(s) that are harming the body, also known as: oxidizing agents or free radicals. Low levels of antioxidants in the body allow free radical(s) to take over resulting in illness and disease. It is important to eat antioxidant-rich foods to help support the body in this way.
Chia smoothies really know how to hit the spot! The seeds have a neutral taste to them so they'll blend right in with the rest of your ingredients. You can use whole seeds or chia gel as the liquid base of your smoothie, either one is a great option.
Chia is one of the easiest ways to add a nutritional kick to your smoothie without negatively affecting the taste. They’re a great way to increase your antioxidant intake.
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You can use chia gel in baking, it’s actually a fantastic addition to your baking routine – muffins, breads, cookies…you name it! Not only will your baked goods taste better you will get a big nutritional bang for your buck. We will often use chia gel as the base of our smoothies it's just as good as anything else not to mention, more nutritious.
How to make Chia Gel:
You will need: 1/3 cup chia seeds and 2 cups water. Pour chia seeds in the water into a glass jar with a sealable-lid, a mason jar will do perfectly. Once your chia is in the water, close the lid tightly and shake up gently for a few seconds, then allow the jar to sit for 10 minutes (or longer). Once the time is up, stir the contents in the jar and they’ll be ready to use.
You can use chia gel as a substitute for a least half the butter in most recipes. So, if a recipe calls for 1 stick of butter (which is 8 tbsp) divide it half, which would be 4 tbsp of chia gel for that recipe.
Chia gel will usually stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 1 1/2 weeks.
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