Bursting with Omega-3s, protein, fibre vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Chia seeds are tasteless, so they are an ideal addition to any meal – sweet or savoury. Their high antioxidant content keeps their Omega-3 oils fresh and prevents oxidation, while their natural mucilage makes them ideal for healthy Chia puddings and as egg substitutes in baking.
Available in black or white varieties, Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica. Chia seeds were very important to the Aztecs and Mayans thousands of years ago. Aztecs used chia seeds as both food and medicine and in fact, they were so highly valued that they were also used as currency. Unfortunately, you can’t pay your bills with bags of chia seeds these days, but as they are such an easy addition to your diet, you can make the most of their nutritional benefits.
Chia seeds are a useful addition to meals for those wanting to increase protein. The high protein content makes chia seeds filling and they contain more plant protein than most other plant foods. Simply add some to your porridge or smoothie for a quick protein boost.
Chia Seeds contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids. They also have a high concentration of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which we need to get from our diet.
Whole chia seeds make a great alternative to eggs in vegan diets. ‘Chia eggs’ can be used just as eggs would be used in recipes. Simply mix 1 tbsp Chia Seeds with 2.5 tbsp water to make a viscous, egg-like binding agent.
Chia puddings are a popular way to enjoy Chia seeds and make a perfect, easy on-the-go breakfast. Combine the seeds with your favourite nut milk and berries, then leave it to set in the fridge until it has turned into a ‘pudding’.