Chia – Plant Based Powerhouse!
We all LOVE a Chia pudding right? But what actually IS IT? Here’s a little article about the little seeds with everything you need to know!
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, they were a staple food for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”
Chia pudding or anything with a Chia add-on are talking about the tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant (of the Mint family) & derived usually from Mexico. They are now available worldwide, at our Cafe they may be added to other foods as a topping or put into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, balls, granolas, and breads. We even turn ours into a Pudding in the fridges in jars.
They also may be made into a squidgy- gel -like substance or consumed raw. To make the gel they need to be soaked overnight in water or milks.
The gel from ground seeds may be used in place of eggs in cakes while providing other nutrients, and is a common substitute in vegan and allergen-free baking.
Benefits Include: Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.
They may improve digestive health, blood levels of heart-healthy omega-3s, and risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Chia seeds contain 138kcals per ounce (28 grams). By weight, they are 6% water, 46% carbohydrates (of which 83% is fiber), 34% fat, and 19% protein
Lastly, Chia seeds are the best known plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids — even better than flaxseed!
So what are you waiting for, lets get soaking some chia!