It’s almost impossible not to have come across these super trendy little black seeds that seem to be on display in every Bio store (and even Supermarkets!) But ESPECIALLY in our news feeds from social networks. If, you are like me, and only subscribe to food-related feeds then it is inevitable, you have read something about them! Chia seeds pronounced “Tchia” or “Kia”, no one seems to be too sure … are small Super-Food seeds. “Super what? “. Let me explain all its little secrets …
What is a Chia seed?
Chia seeds are a small brown or white, beige, grey (not pink yet …!) seed belonging to the Sauges family. Originally from Mexico, for a very long time, they have been used by the Aztecs as a staple food. However, it did not reach Europe until the 1990s, when nutritionists became aware of all its benefits. It is very low in calories but still packed with nutrients!
What are its main benefits?
Yes ! It’s not for nothing that I slipped in the word “Super-food”. It was to prepare you for the long list of all the benefits of Chia seeds. Impatient? Ok, good, I’ll tell you more!
First and foremost, chia seeds are known for their high content of monounsaturated fatty acids. They contain 15-17% Omega 3, an excellent component to help the brain and memory … but also Omega 6, an anti-inflammatory and protector of the cardiovascular system.
Its second most important property, that will delight all of those who have transit problems, is its high concentration of fibre: 2 tablespoons cover 20% of daily fibre requirements. Finally, you can now give up prune juice in the morning! A small pudding of Chia and its all taken care of! And diabetics are also directly helped because its high fibre content slows down the assimilation of carbohydrates so avoids excessive variations in blood sugar.
Chia seeds are also a great ally to athletes since it consists of 23% protein amino acids. So don’t hesitate to exchange your Protein Shakers powder from time to time for some lovely little dish based on Chia seeds.
Finally, Chia seeds contain 5 times more calcium than milk. It can be beneficial for those who consume only a few dairy products, even if nothing quite has the value of a big glass of milk.
Finally, its richness in fibre protein and its ability to inflate give it a strong satiating power. Ideal when you want to feel full all morning, no?
Where to find it?
So, have i convinced you to buy these small seeds? Don’t panic, you can find Chia seeds everywhere! Go to the Bio section in your supermarket, or go directly to your local Bio store. They are more and more available in bulk, so by choosing this option you will not only save money but also help the planet.
How to use them ?
The advantage of Chia seeds is that it can be used in many different ways. As it is, it will crack under the tooth and give a touch of originality to your salads or yogurts!
Its ability to form a gel when it comes into contact with water makes it perfect for making Fruit Puddings (recipes on our site); ideal for a full breakfast but also to use it as a substitute for the egg (a egg = 1 tablespoon Chia seeds in 3 tablespoons water).
You can also easily add it to your homemade Granola to make it even richer in vitamins and minerals. In other words, vary the pleasures, everything is allowed!