There has been a lot of chat about the benefits of chia seeds recently. Are they really an easy way to support health or are they just another hyped up super food?
I reviewed a product from The Chia Company, an Australian based business who say on their website;
“Chia is the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. We refer to Chia as Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.”
The upside to chia seeds?
- Easy to include with every day foods
- Very nutritious
- High in fibre
- High in essential fatty acids
- Good levels of magnesium, calcium
- High protein levels
- Great snack food with fruit
- Available in most good health stores
- None that I can see other than they get stuck in the teeth.
- Not cheap (but worth it)
This is a relatively new superfood to the UK. Only a year ago it was still only being sold as an additive to bread products. This isn’t to say it hasn’t been around for a while; the Aztecs who knew a thing or two used it as staple yet revered food.
Chia seeds complete nutritional profile is impressive; read what The Chia Company says here. They have even been regarded as a food worth stockpiling in the event of a catastrophic event which would stop you from getting to Sainsbury’s.
I actually enjoy the taste of these tiny seeds. Despite their small size they have a definite nutty taste. You will find both white and black versions (as shown in the photo of chia shots). I don’t think one is better than the other?
Whilst they are available in bags, I opted to buy Chia Shots to check out how convenient these were. The little sachets are easy to use both at home and away. Having some to hand means you can add them to anything; giving your over-the-counter-less-than-healthy lunch choice a real nutritional boost!
I did make the mistake of adding them to a fresh juice which I didn’t drink immediately. Due to the bowel supporting water-soluble fibre they swelled up before I got to the bottom; not nice. However I subsequently found this is a recognised way of eating/drinking them. Probably fine in thick smoothies.
There are a number of ways to eat these delicious little packets of nutrition, you can add to; yoghurt, healthy breakfast cereal, porridge, sprinkle over salads, risottos, pasta dishes or stir into any food (once it’s cooled slightly) with a sauce, including curry.
My favourite is to dunk piece of fruit into a small bowl of chia seeds. As you can see from the main picture, I used strawberries.
Looking after ourselves has to be doable otherwise we won’t do it. Let’s face it, we are all looking for foods that we can knock back easily and know that we have ticked the nutrition box for that day.
Are the Chia seeds an easy way to do this and support health?
Yes, I think they are.
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