Chia Seeds – What are they?

11 11 2009

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Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is a type of sage in the mint family. These seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and have a very versatile use in a range of foods. Chia seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a fine powder or soaked. Chia seeds are very absorbent they absorb nine times their weight in water and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked. Once soaked they will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Chia seeds have been recently named a ‘super food’ as they have many dietary benefits. They help the body to retain fluids and are full of hydrating minerals and proteins. They form a gel in your stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues. As they are full of antioxidants Chia seeds are useful for various different things such as weight loss, heart disease, diabetes, bone health and digestive disorders. You can add chia seeds to just about anything such as: on salads, in your favourite smoothie recipe or even in muffins or cookies.

To make a chai drink you can use any juice or water in a 600ml water bottle

  • fill till it’s about half way with your juice or water
  • spoon in 1tp of chai seeds, shake vigorously for about 20 seconds
  • Fill the bottle till it is full.
  • Refrigerate overnight and in the morning your chai drink is ready to drink after just a little shaking of the bottle.
  • You may add more chai seeds if you would like and may eat up to 10-25 grams of your chai seeds throughout the day to ensure you are getting all the minerals your body needs.  

Now I can here you saying where can I get chai seeds from? You can order them online or get them from your local health food store. So I hope you enjoy the newly found “super food” on the market.  

 By Vivian     

References

http://www.chia4life.com.au/

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/nutrition.php!                                                                 

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/benefits.php

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/history.phpt                                        

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/faq.php

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-chia-seeds.htm

http://www.path2healthyliving.com/ChiaSeeds.html

http://www.helium.com/items/418886-the-amazing-chia-seed-and-their-benefits-to-health

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