These little seeds have fascinated me for a while. I was told by a doctor that I should find a good vegetarian source of Omega 3’s since I don’t eat salmon and chia seeds would be one of those sources- 8 times the Omega 3’s. You may see them in various protein bars or health food snacks but they add big benefit. Three times the antioxidants of blueberries, two times the potassium of a banana, two times the protein of other nuts or seed and three times as much iron as spinach, calcium, and the list goes on. This is certainly something I will be incorporating into our diets more.
Some tips on how to use them:
Sprinkle into food like you would any other seed or nut.
Gel a teaspoon of seeds in a small amount of water – use in any recipe or food where this liquid could be added. Smoothies, sauces, jams, spreads, etc.
Chia gel can be used as a binder to substitute eggs.
Food for thought…
“Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics.
The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry”