What are chia seeds?
Yes, these are the same chia that were made famous as the household chia pet in the late 70s. You might remember a certain TV jingle “ch-ch-ch-chia!”. They have since become much more than just decorative household items and are one of my favorite pantry additions.
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds come from a flowering plant within the mint family. With a mild flavour, they are extremely versatile.
- Packed with fiber: 2 Tbsp of chia seeds provides an impressive 7 grams of fiber, which can help keep you full longer and aid in lowering cholesterol levels.
- Bring on the calcium: Chia seeds are unique for their calcium content, providing 15% of your daily requirements (comparable to ½ cup of milk!) per 2 Tbsp. serving.
- High in omega 3’s: Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that may help to enhance cognitive functioning and reduce inflammation.
- Superfood status: In addition to being a rich source of minerals such as iron, potassium and folate, chia seeds are also high in antioxidants which help to fight off damage caused by free radicals in the body
- Thickening agent: You can use these little guys in sauces, salad dressings, and even in a homemade jam!
- Vegan? Chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute for baking!
How to use them:
- As a vegan egg substitute for baking
- To make healthy and filling puddings
- Add to smoothies, salad dressings and sauces to thicken them up
- To make a homemade jam