Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits.
Chia Is A Superfood
These little seeds are relatively high in protein, sporting twice as much as any type of grain. They also have more than three times as many antioxidants that blueberries contain and twice as much potassium than bananas. Containing more than three times the iron content as spinach, they also have a whopping five times as much calcium as milk. And if that does not convince you to try them, they are also chock full of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Adding Chia Seeds To Your Diet
Knowing all the wonderful nutrients chia seeds provide is important, but many people are more concerned with how to incorporate them into their gluten free or grain free diet. It is far simpler than most people realize. Chia seeds have a very subtle taste which means that you can add them absolutely anything that you eat or drink. They will enhance the nutrients, but they will not alter the flavor.
You can add chia seeds to a glass or bottle of water and drink them. As a matter of fact, you can add them to any beverage you choose: coffee, ice tea, orange juice… anything. If you are adding them to a liquid it is best to add them to the drink, stir them up and let them sit just for a minute or two so that the seeds have the opportunity to soak in the liquid.
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If you are having a salad you can sprinkle them on top. They can be added to yogurt as well. You can sprinkle them on fish, on steak, in veggies, soup, really anything you want. If you eat it or drink it, you can add chia to it.
One of the most common ways to eat them is to by soaking. The seeds absorb large amounts of liquid very quickly, usually within 10 minutes. You can make a basic gel by adding 1/3 cup of seeds to 2 cups of water. Stir well so that there are no clumps and then leave it in a jar with a lid and eat a spoonful whenever you want.
This powerhouse of a food is a great addition to your gluten free and grain free diet. With a few spoonfuls a day added to the foods you are already eating, you will soon start to notice the great health benefits chia seeds have to offer.