28 August 2012

All about chia seeds

Most people recognize flax seeds now, and are used to seeing them on grocery store shelves and in crackers and multigrain breads that advertise high omega 3's and rich fiber content. But let's talk about flax's brother, chia seeds. Unlike flax seeds, they don't need to be ground up for you to properly absorb their nutrients.

Health benefits:
  • 2 Tablespoons contain 4 grams of protein and a whopping 8 grams of fiber.
  • The protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids.
  • Chia seeds contain the highest concentration of the ALA fatty acid (55-64%) which may help promote cardiovascular health. 
  • Contain essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, and potassium.
  • May help reduce blood pressure.
  • May help control blood sugar, by slowing down our body's conversion of carbohydrates to simple sugars.
How to use chia seeds:

  • Chia seeds thicken to a pudding consistency, just soak in nondairy milk overnight!
  • Chia flour is a great substitute in gluten free recipes.
  • Sprinkle over cereal and oatmeal.
  • Cook on a stove with quinoa and nondairy milk to make a porridge.
  • Add to smoothies as a protein and fiber boost.
  • Soak in fruit juice to make a Mexican 'Chia Fresca'.

Madeline Heising | Blog
Boston, MA Madeline is studying Communications and Public Advocacy at Northeastern University. Going vegan on a whim in 2011 changed her entire lifestyle for the better. Her course of study, health and career intentions now revolve around plant-based living. All it took was one question ‘Why would you care more about what goes on your body than what goes in it?’ When she’s not in classes she works at Teavana and keeps up her own recipe blog. The only thing that makes her happier than talking about food is traveling, but it’s a pretty close tie.

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