We all remember the chia pets that were big in the 80’s where they had everything from animal chia pets all the way to celebrity chia pets. I mean who would not want Mr. T’s face as a chia pet! But now, chias are not only used for budding pets but as edible seeds! Chia is a flowering plant that actually comes from the mint family and is grown in Mexico and South America. The chia seeds are nothing more than small tiny white and black seed, but they carry a big punch! Chia seeds are nutritionally packed full! Two tablespoons of chia seeds contains 138 calories, nine grams of fat (almost all coming from unsaturated fats), ten grams of fiber, and five grams of protein. Not to mention calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, cooper, iron, molybdenum, niacin and zinc. It even has more omega-3s then flax seeds, which can help prevent inflammation as well as heart disease!
So, with all these benefits, what do these chia seeds taste like? Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor similar to flax seeds. So, you can add them into your normal eating regimen very easily! Add them to your cereal, in yogurt or even on top of a salad or smoothie. You can even grind them up and place them in your next batch of baked goods for an instant nutrient boost! Keep chai seeds in a cool dry place for up to several months to keep them at their best. Ground chia seeds are best if stored in an airtight container for about a month.
Try this quick and easy recipe to slowly start incorporating chia seeds into your normal routine!
The chia seeds will help keep your tummy full until lunch.
- 1/3 cup of oats
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 dash of cinnamon
- Optional: 1 tbsp of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- Toppings: fresh blueberries, unsweetened coconut, raw slivered almonds
- Mix the oats, chia seeds, protein powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Add in sliced banana, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, top off with any desired toppings.