Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and tradition has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flax seeds which need to be ground first). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. If made a regular part of a healthy diet, the anti-inflammatory properties of these little seeds have been proven in studies to reduce swelling throughout the body, as also reported in the most recent Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
Add these seeds to smoothies, yogurt, cookie recipes, etc, or soak and eat them with fresh fruit and cinnamon for a wonderful breakfast or snack option. Learn about the Anti-inflammatory & Health Benefits of Chia Seeds here.
Here’s a simple blueberry cinnamon chia pudding to get you started:
- 2-3 tbsp. chia seeds (white or black)
- 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup optional for sweetness
Instructions: Let sit for 3-5 minutes and enjoy. You can pack this pudding in a jar to go if you’re a busy bee.
Do you enjoy eating chia seeds? Why or why not?