When I say “chia” you may ask, “Are those the things I used to spread on a ceramic dog and grow in my mom’s kitchen window?” Yes, they are. Who knew that gelatinous mess was actually really good for you? Organic chia seeds are high in omega 3’s (brain builders!) boasting as many as 2200mg per serving. They are also a good source of calcium, protein, potassium and fiber while containing no sodium or saturated fats. Who doesn’t want more of those things in their diet? With all these benefits it is no wonder that chia seeds have been deemed a superfood.
Why haven’t people been eating these all along if they are so good for us? The truth is chia seeds have been consumed for centuries. Aztec warriors used to eat these tiny seeds while hunting for a boost in energy and stamina. They may also help with weight management and overall wellness.
My family has been enjoying the benefits of organic chia seeds for a few years now and I love all the different ways it can be snuck into foods. No, they don’t have to be slurped down in the goopy form you remember applying to your Chia Pet as a kid. We eat them in oatmeal, cookies, pancakes, smoothies, muffins, yogurt, granola, sauces, and just about anything else I make at home. They can be added to juice for a guilt-free cold treat or soaked in almond milk with fresh berries then blended to make a dairy free pudding. You can even combine three tablespoons of hot water with a tablespoon of organic chia seeds and add it to any recipe in place of an egg. They do not have a distinct flavor so there is no distraction from your already great-tasting foods. That means no complaints from the kids as to why their favorite muffins taste funny this time.
Pick up some of these beneficial seeds at your Sunrise Health Foods and enjoy a natural boost in energy after adding them to your morning oatmeal or favorite smoothie recipe.