WHY I LOVE CHIA SEEDS + AN EASY RAW CACAO, CHIA, DATE + COCOUT BLISS BALL RECIPE
Do you remember chia pets from when you were a child?
I don’t think I ever had one, but I remember a friend did and I found it fascinating… here was this small clay thing that within days was covered with green sprouts – all because of a few seeds and water.
Now, I eat Chia seeds on everything. I put them in smoothies, bircher muesli, stirred in dressings and poured on salads, sprouted…
I’m not the only one. Chia seeds have come back into vogue – they are easily found in any health food store and even some super markets. You can buy important ones from the andes, or Australian grown. You can get it whole, ground, flaked, mixed…
But Chia is not new by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, think back as far as you can… then go a little further. This little superfood has been promoting good health for a very, very long time.
The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas – great civiliations from South America – considered Chia Seeds to be prized medicinal food. Offering up energy and endurance. Did they have the science back them to explain why they loved chia so much? Well, no… but they didn’t need to. After trekking in Inca Trail last year I realised, no I felt, that this civilisation was incredibly ‘connected’ with mother nature or Pacha Mama as they called her. They instinctly knew what life-giving properties were found in nature’s finest… and they used it in harmony with the earth.
Now, of course, we are all much less connected. In fact, we often don’t know where our food has come from. However, we do have science. And it is this science that has helped us to understand the power of Chia.
Want to know what this little gem has to offer? Check out this list:
1) Richest source of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, 85 times more than olive oil.
Omega 3s are important for a healthy heart, blood circulation, cellular structure, inflammation and effective brain function. A MUST!
2) Balance electrolytes + Hydrate the body
Perfect for a post work-out to hydrate the body and replenish your system
3) Stabilise blood sugar levels
Important for diabetics or those with insulin resistance
4) Good levels of Omega 6 + 9
5) High antioxidant levels – triple that of blueberries
Fighting free radicals that attack the body from almost everything in our modern lives. Toxicity is rampant
6) High in calcium
Also includesa trace mineral to assist in the absorpotion of calcium, good for healthy bones and joints
It’s not just dairy that provides calcium, in fact other sources do a better job!
7) Twice the protein of any other seed or grain
We need protein for so many things and for those vegetarians out there, getting protein from non-animal based sources is important
Not convinced yet? Try this delicious recipe and then let me know!
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup linseeds
3 – 5 tbls sunflower seeds
3 – 5 tbls black sesame seeds
3 – 5 tbls crushed almonds
1 cup pitted, soaked and chopped dates or figs
2 – 4 tbls cacoa or carob
2 – 4 tbls desiccated coconut
2 – 4 tbls chia seeds
2 tbls raw honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup
What to do:
Grind linseeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and sesame seeds together. Keep aside 1 tbls each of the chia seeds + coconut.
Puree dates in blender/food processor
Mix all ingredients together + knead well, or mix in a food processor
Form into balls and then roll in remaining coconut + chia seeds
Refrigerate before serving or freeze for safe keeping!
Yum! Get in my tummy!
That’s it from me and my chia crusade.
Just an FYI – this is the brand I buy – locally produced in Australia!
Signing off with an exhale.
Pause. Listen. Live
Oh and here are a few tips when using Chia seeds:
1) Do not bake them/heat them – it damages the omega 3s and it’ll go rancid. Similar to how it’s best to consumer olive raw and avoid cooking with it
2) When using it in smoothies or dressings add a little water first so the seeds activate and expand.
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