Despite their tiny size, these suckers pack a healthy punch! Originally grown in Mexico, the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency! It’s even been stated that Aztec warriors used chia seeds to increase energy and endurance. In the Mayan language, chia actually means “strength”. It was also known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would eat them while running long distances or during battle.
If properly prepared they are easy to digest and are versatile enough to be used in recipes. They are rich in fiber, Omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and a great source of anti-oxidants.
Chia seed benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, and building stronger bones and muscles.
Skin & Aging
High in antioxidants, chia seeds can help speed up the skin’s healing capabilities and can contribute to future prevention. They can help decrease premature aging of the skin due to inflammation & free radical damage.
Chia is extremely high in fiber, packing a punch of 11 grams per ounce! Due to their high level of fiber and healthy fats, chia acts as a natural blood sugar regulator, helping to balance insulin levels naturally. Also due to being high in fiber, Chia helps to regulate bowel movements and promotes healthier stools. Lastly, because Chia creates a gelatin-like substance inside our gut, it can act as a prebiotic promoting the growth of probiotics and healthy gut flora.
Chia has the ability to reverse inflammation, balance our cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure – all of which are great for the health of our hearts! (Inflammation puts strain on our blood vessels.)
Want to read more about the composition and health benefits of chia seeds?
2 cups full fat coconut milk
½ cup Chia Seeds
2 oz water
¼ maple syrup or honey
Pour milk into mason jar, add chia seeds & water. Stir to mix ingredients. Add flavor options, or save the fresh fruit/berries as a topping. For best consistency, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Walnuts or any other favorite nut
Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, flax, etc.
Fresh fruit/berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apple, mango, etc.
Raw Cacao Powder for a chocolate-y taste
Get creative, and enjoy!
Chia and Lime
The second option for eating, or more accurately drinking, chia seeds is to pour them in a small cup, add purified water so there is about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the seeds, squeeze some lime juice in, stir and let sit until turning gelatinous. They are now a quick and powerful snack for lightweight energy on-the-go!