Chia Seed – The Super Super Food?
Chia seeds are natures pure version of a nutraceutical. They are not only high in antioxidants but also high in fiber, an excellent source of healthy fats in the form of omega-3 fatty acids as well as a rich source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B3, B1, B2 and potassium.
Chia seeds have so many benefits and uses. Here are just a few:
• Weight loss – Chia seeds offer support in multiple ways for weight loss… first and foremost increasing gut health makes weight loss easier. Secondly, the omega-3 fatty acids are a form of the ‘good fat’ that helps us to lose the ‘bad’ fat. Finally, using chia seeds to make healthy filling meals helps reduce cravings. Simply add chia seeds to your smoothie or make chia seed pudding to make an excellent nutrient rich meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. When making chia seed pudding make sure to substitute dairy milk with organic unsweetened coconut milk, also avoid adding sweeteners. For extra protein you can mix in a vanilla protein powder. Top off with fresh organic berries.
• Skin Health – The healthy fats, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant combination make chia seeds a great way to improve skin health.
• Muscular & Skeletal Health – Chia seeds are high in protein which support muscle density. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in promoting and sustaining healthy joints.
• Gut Health – Prebiotic fiber promotes the ‘good’ bacteria in our gut and facilitates a healthy microbiome.
• Brain Health – Since gut health is so interconnected with gut health, chai seeds support a healthier brain for all of reasons they promote a healthier gut and also supports more optimal brain function with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which decreases inflammation and has an antioxidant effect on brain cells which decreases brain cell degeneration. This is especially good for seniors since as we age, we lose brain weight!
• Heart Health – Chia seeds are known to reduce high blood pressure and the combination of fiber, protein and omega-3s support heart health and magnesium helps the body ‘destress’
• Fighting Disease – Antioxidant rich diets have been linked to increases in longevity, optimal health and a reduction in some diseases such as cancer.
• Emotional Wellbeing – Since Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to increase dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter
• Balancing Hormones – The rich vitamins and minerals in chia seeds helps the body be more supported in regulating hormones. More specifically the omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and magnesium help support hormone health.
Chia Pudding Recipe:
1. The process of making chia pudding is so easy! The first step is to stir together your chia seeds and milk in a mason jar or bowl. I start with 3 Tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid, but if you want a thicker chia pudding I recommend using 4 Tablespoons to 1 cup of liquid.
2. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds, cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set” for 1-2 hours or overnight.
3. The chia pudding should be nice and thick, not liquidy. If it’s not thick, just add more chia seeds (1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon), stir and refrigerate for another 30 minutes or so.