have you ever heard of chia seeds? yes, they are the same seeds that grow on our friendly clay pets, but come to find out they pack immense health benefits! i found my first package while roaming the isles of a local farmers market a few years ago, and after inquiring about their health benefits, decided to give them a try. they have a very mild taste and so are an easy additive to just about any dish. i use them in breads, salads, baked goods, soups and smoothies. you can also use them as a thickening agent (for soups and sauces) by cooking them with a little water for just a few mintues.
*just one note- don't eat the seeds that actually come with a chia pet! instead, head to your local health food store and buy them in bulk.
here are just a few of their power-house benefits:
- omega-3s: chia seeds are the richest plant source of omega-3s, containing more omega-3's than salmon or flax seed.
- fiber: chia seeds are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, as a 25-gram portion contains 7 grams of fiber.
- minerals: chia offers a variety of minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, molybdenum and magnesium, and also contain niacin and folic acid.
- protein: chia seeds contain 20% more protein than other grains or seeds (wheat has 14%) and the protein is of higher quality.
do you already use chia? share with us all the ways that you put in your diet!