Chia or Salvia hispanica is a species of plant originally from Central America. Celebrated for centuries for its health properties, it was used by the Aztecs as an energy booster during battles.
Chia seeds are small, shiny, oval shaped and can come in a variety of colours that range from white to brown and black. They are rich in nutrients and can be conserved for long periods of time without losing any of their health benefits.
Their neutral taste means these seeds can be used a million different ways: They can be left to soak in fruit puree or any other types of liquid, added to a smoothie or yoghurt, used in cakes and desserts or simply sprinkled on a salad.
CHIA SEED CHARACTERISTICS
Chia seeds contain a lot of fibre and are a great source of Omega 3 (around 18 grams per 100 grams of seeds), protein, and vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, C, folic acid, as well as a range of antioxidants. These powerful seeds also contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and three times more iron than spinach.
Chia seeds can also absorb large quantities of liquid (nine times more than their weight!) which makes them great for promoting healthy intestines. This also makes them great for thickening up recipes such as soups and as a replacement for eggs.
These little guys are great at breakfast time, especially for people who want a more plant-based diet and a rich variety of nutrients. Think of the chia seeds as a natural vitamin supplement!
Take a look in our kitchen for some delicious recipe inspo and ideas on how to mix these super seeds into your diet.