Chia seeds contain omega fats, proteins, antioxidants and dietary fiber. They have a mild aroma similar to the one from the walnut, and since it absorbs fluids, it is ideal for hydration and a feeling of fullness that lasts for hours.
The Maya and Inca tribes gained great respect for this small but nutritious seed. In fact, Chia is a Mayan word which means “strength.” You will find a lot of strength in Chia seeds, which contain too many nutrients.
The Chia seed is an excellent source of healthy essential fatty acids- it contains eight times more omega-3 fatty acids from salmon! Chia seeds contain omega 6 fatty acids, antioxidants (one gram Chia seed is four times richer in antioxidants than fresh blueberries) and proteins which are extremely important for your health.
Studies have shown that the consumption of chia seeds also affects the health of hair and nails, due to the fact that chia seeds a great source of protein (20%).
Chia seeds are also a source of easily digestible vegetable protein, an excellent source of dietary fiber, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are great for skin regeneration and burning fat, they strengthen the body and positively affect the digestive system.
Nutritionists agree that chia seeds are one of the best that you can consume if you feel exhausted and with no energy, because they affect the muscle function and release the energy in your body, which is why they are often used by athletes. This seed contains 37% fiber which stimulates the intestinal operation.
Diets or strict regimes based on consuming this seed have been proved to be excellent in the treatment of colon cancer, and prevention of cancer.
The Chia seed has a superior ability of hydration, proteins, and fiber that will prolong the feeling of satiety. The consumption of chia seeds to reduce the appetite speeds up metabolism, and activates glycogen which is also important for burning fat.
How to use these magic seeds?
These seeds can be used in preparing a healthy lunch or snacks.
Add them in your salad in order to increase the intake of protein. In cereals such as risotto, Gino, amaranth or millet, add chia seeds at the end of the cooking process and stir well. Use them in pies and pastries, or as a mixture when preparing chicken and fish- instead of breadcrumbs.
For a dessert, you can make a pudding with chia seeds.
Mix the seeds with coconut or almond milk and add something of the following: dried coconut, blueberries, walnuts, raspberry, crushed almonds, cocoa, apple, rose hip, or cranberry.
Make your own mix and leave it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remember, regardless of the way in which you will add these seeds to your meals, be sure that you will enrich your health!