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Chia Seeds are edible black and white seeds that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. Chia means strength.Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.
Because chia seeds do have lots of fiber, they promote a feeling of fullness, and so might prevent the overeating that contributes to weight gain.
Nutritional and health benefits of Chia seeds
ü Helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels
ü Enhances endurance through release of slow-burning glucose in the body
ü Helps in weight loss
ü Keeps the body well hydrated
ü A rich source of energy
ü Low in cholesterol and sodium- Good for patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetics
How to use Chia seeds.
There are Lots of ways to eat chia seeds.
In drinks add a sizeable amount of chia seed in water and soak for a few minutes before drinking. Chia seed is commonly added to make smoothies, juices, porridge, Soup e.t.c
Because the seeds develop a gelatin-like texture when they absorb water, they are often used to create healthy puddings.
Chia seeds don’t have much flavor on their own, so they pair well with a number of dishes, and can be added to things like Home cooked African dishes like Githeri, Mokimo, vegetables as well as Salads and Matoke; Can be added to any food.
They can be used as an egg replacer in baking, this is because of their gelatinous texture when mixed with water.
There are no hard-and-fast guidelines on how many chia seeds you should eat daily but eat only a reasonable amount.
Chia seeds is good for the whole family.
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