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Chia benefits and recipe.

Updated on October 9, 2012

What do we know about chia?

Well firstly you may already know that chia seeds are a favourite among those that work in wall-street, celebrities, nutritionists and health food advocates. Dr Oz also spoke about chia seeds on Oprah, gaining them even greater publicity.

Chia plants were also grown by the Aztecs and were thought to have been a substantial part of their diet.

They are known as Salvia hispanica, it is part of the mint family and is a flowering plant.

Associated mostly with Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are gaining rapid momentum in popularity in the United States and Europe. Globally we are all becoming more conscious about what we eat and what is beneficial for our health. We are only just tapping into the positive effects that nuts, grains and seeds can give us.

Chia seeds are especially sought after as they are packed full of nutrients and are easy to cook with. They do not have an over powering taste, which makes them an ideal food accompaniment and you can now buy them fairly cheaply on-line. (They are available from many supermarkets and health food stores, but they are more expensive.)

Health benefits.

  • They help combat diverticulosis/diverticulitis.
  • They are a weight loss aid.
  • Chia seeds help stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • They ease inflammation.
  • Recommended for arthritis.
  • Good for the heart.
  • They have ant-aging properties and
  • Are only 137 calories per oz!


Source

Nutritional value of chia seeds.

  • Omega 3 (alpha linoenic acid)

Good for skin, hair, mind and joints.

  • Omega 6 (linoleic acid)

Good for your immunity, the nerves and your blood.

  • Protein.

Is a vital element for cell repair, healthy cell growth and good development.

  • Phosphorus.

Helps keep you energized, is good for maintaining strong bones and teeth.

  • Manganese.

For a healthy mind and an aid to the nerves.

  • Fibre.

Good source of energy and for the bowls.

  • Potassium.

Important in the leveling of bodily fluids and for increased energy.

  • Calcium.

Combats viruses and bad bacteria by boosting T-cells and phagocytes.

  • Sodium.

Essential for a healthy body.



Chia cheer.

  • 8oz Sprouted chia seeds
  • 1/4 Large cucumber
  • 2 Celery sticks
  • 4 table spoons Balsamic vinager
  • 4 table spoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium Roll Chiabatte bread

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the celery sticks into thin slices.
  2. Slice the tomatoes.
  3. Slice and toast the chiabatte bread and cut into croutons.
  4. Mix all the igrediaents together and add the balsamic vinager and extra virgin olive oil.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 person.
Cast your vote for Chia cheer.

Other interesting facts about chia.

25% to 30% of the oil is extractable.

They can be eaten raw

You can eat them sprouted.

They absorb water, that creates a gel that is an ideal alternative to using oil.


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