Chia seeds are a wonderful superfood sourced from the Salvia hispanica, part of the mint family. They are native to the southwestern US and most of Mexico. They are small, tasty seeds with a dark color and rough texture. In the world of health and nutrition optimization, chia seeds are seen as a thoroughly worthwhile addition to any diet, as they boast a great deal of omega-3 fatty acid, calcium, iron, and anti-oxidants.
Furthermore, they are also worthwhile aids to those hoping to lose weight or gain muscle, as a one-ounce serving of chia seeds provides nearly 6 grams of protein. They can be eaten both cooked (they are popular in vegan cuisine), or raw like sunflower seeds. Preparation can add its own flavor, but as a baseline chia seeds are tasty and rather more-ish.
Quick Chia Seed Facts:
- One ounce of chia seeds provides 18 percent of your daily calcium needs. This promotes optimal bone health.
- The fibre, fat and protein content allows for slow release, giving you energy over a longer amount of time.
- Chia seeds are rich in magnesium.
- The associated omega-3 content promotes better brain and heart health.
How Should You Prepare Chia Seeds?
As mentioned, chia seeds can be eaten raw, but they can also be prepared in various ways. Try adding them to your healthy smoothie, using them to garnish rice or vegetables, soak them in water or dry roast to use them in with cereals, or grind them and use as a salad garnish. Additionally, chia seeds can be used on burger buns or homemade bread to add distinct texture and visual flair.