Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chatting with a friend the other day, I was asked if I had tried the "latest" superfood: Chia Seeds.  The hilarious Chia Pet immediately came to mind (yes it's the same seed).  I did a bit of research and was astounded at this teeny seed's history and its promise of near-miraculous nutritional benefits.  

Chia seeds are said to have:
  • 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain
  • 5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium to your bones
  • 2 times the potassium of bananas
  • 3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 3 times more iron than spinach
  • copious amounts of essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega the league of flax seeds, which should be ground to be fully digested
Having read that it actually slows down the body's ability to turn carbs into sugar, I threw a handful of chia into our stir-fry last night.  Without adding any discernible flavour or texture, it made the meal more satisfying, so I ate less.  I've since made a jar of chia gel (1/3 c seeds+2 c of water) and it will sit in my fridge, at the ready to be added to soups, sauces and smoothies!  Gluten-free and easily digestible raw and whole, it's easy to galvanize your diet with this power food. 

Heck, with its ability to hold moisture, I'm thinking I might treat my lawn to some chia, too (kidding!).  The Aztecs were clearly onto something big with this little grain. 

1 comment:

  1. I have a really good pumpkin Chia recipe on my blog that you should check out:
    I think you can find it in March or April.