Chia seeds is the new superfood. Photo: Dreamstime
Chia seeds, native to Mexico have been around for quite a while, but have recently been rediscovered as a superfood for its health and nutritional benefits. Even Aztec warriors consumed chia seeds to develop high energy and endurance. These little seeds are quite the energy boosters and can be eaten in several ways. Whether you want to boost your energy and metabolism, improve your digestive health or want to lose weight, chia seeds have got you covered.
The wonder food
Don't be fooled by the size of these tiny seeds as are loaded with nutrients that majorly benefit your body and mind. They are extremely high in fibre and help control and regulate cholesterol, blood pressure and body weight. They are also high in calcium, which is important in maintaining bone strength and mass. The protein and Omega 3 fatty acids in chia seeds help build muscle, increase energy and even treat or cure various conditions. They are also high in antioxidants, even more than blueberries.
Chia seeds are known to have a mild nutty flavour and can be eaten in a lot of ways. They can be either eaten raw or can be soaked and consumed, either way they are equally healthy. Puddings, muffins, smoothies, salads, porridge are a few of the things that can be made with these seeds. They add texture, flavour and the right amount of nutrition to your dish. A blessing for everyone who is health conscious as they are gluten free.
Make your own bowl of nutrition
Even though there are a variety of ways to have chia seeds, one of the easiest is a chia seed pudding. It can be whipped up in no time and can be a great start to your healthy routine.
Recipe for Chia Seed Pudding
1 cup milk
1/2 cup of chia seeds
1 1/2 tbsp honey
Cut fruit (optional)
Start by soaking in the chia seeds in the milk for a few hours (for better results) or a minimum of about an hour. Once the seeds have absorbed most of the milk, add in the honey and mix well. Top it off with fruits or nuts and enjoy a delicious healthy bowl of chia seed pudding.
Make these little seeds a part of your everyday life for a healthier lifestyle and see the difference!