My friend Bill in Seattle is not only a curious person but he has been on a health exploration lately too. It’s awesome when you see serious tech folks (who created your Windows Phone interfaces) getting passionate about food. On my last visit to Seattle, I got the seeds and he made the pudding. This is when I fell in love with chia.
Chia seeds on their own are pretty tasteless but they add a beautiful gel-like texture to food and take on any flavor you decide to add to them. Here is one – chia seed pudding in almond milk and berries. But, the variations are so many.
Chia seeds are a nutritionally dense food and are considered to be super foods.
They have high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein (and this protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids), antioxidants, vitamin Bs and are rich in minerals. They are gluten free and are low in calories.
They are easy to digest and have both soluble and insoluble fiber so they are gentle on the gut. Chia seeds digest slowly, which tends to stabilize blood sugar and can be of help to people with sugar issues such as hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes.
Chia seeds contain high levels of calcium, together with boron, which is of great benefit to bone health. For example, one tablespoon of chia seeds contains as much calcium as two glasses of milk. Chia seeds can also prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes, which makes them a great help to athletes, especially runners.
All of chia’s properties, from fiber, vitamin Bs to proteins, are essential in balance your hormones naturally.
Is this enough to convince you to get started with them?
Use any other fruit like a ripe banana, blackberries, blueberries or apple sauce. You can also add coconut butter and cacao powder to turn it into a chocolate pudding.