Chia Seeds, The Latest Superfood?

Chia seeds are the latest superfood to hit our shelves, packed with Omega 3, fibre, calcium and phosphorus.
They are great for your digestion and hydrations and provide you with sustained energy. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala. Chai seeds are also being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes. Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong.
So how can Chia seeds be used? You can use them to make a healthy dessert:

– 2 cups of coconut milk or almond milk
– 1/2 cup chia seeds
– 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Stir well and leave in the fridge for half an hour and the Chai seeds will absorb the milk, making a thick pudding consistency.

You could try using them to thicken soups or stews. Try adding them to homemade bread. Or even try them sprouted in salads – Put some chia seeds in clean water, drain and leave in a jar for a couple days. Rinse with water twice a day. You’ll have little chia sprouts in a couple of days!

Sources of information: Wellness Mama, LiveStrong and  Huffington Post