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Chia Seeds

What Are They?
This popular little superfood can be found in all our Fruterias and grocery stores around Playa. Local to Mexico and South America, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans ate Chia Seeds as a source of energy for runners and warriors. Chia means ‘Stength’ in the Mayan language. The seeds are easy to digest and a versatile addition to many recipes.

 

Nutrition
High quality protein source
High in Essential Fatty Acids, Especially Omega-3 – one of the richest plant-based sources
Vitamins A, B (1,2 & 3), E & D
Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Manganese
High Antioxidant Activity – even better than Blueberries! This also helps them last up to 2 years unrefrigerated
High in Fiber

 

The Benefits
Improved Digestion – Fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract and helps you feel full quicker. The soluble fiber can also work as a prebiotic supporting healthy probiotic growth in the gut.

 

Heart Health – With more Omega-3 Fatty Acids than salmon, Chia seeds can help lower blood pressure and inflammation and decrease bad cholesterol.

 

Boost Energy & Metabolism – Add Chia seeds to water to make your own sports drink; improve performance and burn fat.

 

Strengthen Bones – The high calcium and mineral content of Chia seeds makes them a great food for healthy bones. Gram for gram, they have more calcium than many dairy products.

 

Prevent Insulin Resistance – studies have shown Chia seeds to stabilize insulin levels even in high sugar diets, potentially offering protection again Diabetes Type 2 and inhibiting belly fat.

 

How to use them
Soak Chia seeds before consuming them or using them in recipes, this will reduce the phytic acid and promote easier digestion. The bland taste means Chia seeds can be incorporated into many different foods, both savory and sweet, as they will absorb the flavors around them.

Add to water, smoothies, juice, oatmeal, puddings, cereal and yoghurt. They can also be included in vegetable, grain and rice based dishes to instantly improve the nutrient content.

 


Sara Jones
Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert and Founder of Spa Professional Mexico magazine