3 times more antioxidant power than fresh blueberries
More fiber than flaxseed
More protein than soy
More iron than spinach
Highest amount of Omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid
Rich in B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, boron, and copper.
It increases endurance, sustains energy, stabilized blood sugar & reduces cravings. It improves concentration and mental acuity, promotes lean muscle mass, and helps maintain hydration
and supports a healthy digestive system.
So, what is this amazing food? Chia seeds!
Chia seeds are a tiny black seed, much like a poppy seed. As with any seed, the best way to benefit from it is to break it open so that the body can digest it properly and uptake it’s nutrients. The problem with small seeds, like chia or flax, is that they are very difficult to break open via chewing because they are so small. Consequently, most of the seeds pass through the digestive system undigested.
You can break open the chia seeds by using a coffee grinder, keeping in mind that the heat generated from grinding may destroy some of the nutrients. You can also crush them with a pestle. Either way, be sure you only grind what you need each day, as the exposed seeds can go rancid quickly. You can consume 1-4 tablespoons per day by sprinkling the fractionated seeds on your food or in a
smoothie. The seeds have a mild nutty flavor.
Because of their high fiber content, be sure drink plenty of WATER following chia seed consumption, as it will bulk up quite a bit and needs to be flushed through the digestive system. Think of them as tiny intestinal scrubbers, cleaning up debris and toxins. If you’re not used to consuming a lot of fiber, start with a single teaspoon and slowly work your way up from there, as not to cause constipation.
These powerful little seeds are considered a “super food” and may help you maintain good health and
well-being. As with all grains, be sure to select an organic, non-GMO source for maximum benefit.
Here is a recipe to get your started incorporating Chia seeds into your diet!
SUPER POWER OATMEAL
For the cost of 1 box of cold cereal, you can buy enough oats to make 30 to 40 large bowls of oatmeal! Plus, oatmeal packs a lot of fiber and protein that will help keep you full and stabilize blood sugar. This particular recipe contains natural sugar from dried fruits that also pack a powerful nutrient punch. For example, goji berries are extremely high in antioxidants. Just one ounce of goji berries contains 3g protein, 2g fiber, PLUS 50% of your daily value of vitamin A, 9% vitamin C, 3% calcium, and 14% iron. This recipe packs a nutritional punch that will help you start your day of right.
Secrets for making great cereal with minimal time investment:
Do NOT stir during cooking or the starches will separate, sink to the bottom, stick, and burn, and you¹ll be chained to the stove.
1 ¼ cups steel cut oats
2 cups water ¼ teaspoon unrefined, mineral-rich sea salt (Celtic, Eden, Lima, Si Salt, or Real Salt) ¼ tsp cinnamon 2 dates, diced
3 dried figs, diced
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
¼ cup walnuts, crushed
¼ cup sunflower seeds, crushed or ground
¼ cup pepitas, crushed or ground
AFTER COOKING ADD THE FOLLOWING:
2 TBSP chia seed, ground
1 TBSP maca root
1 TSP hemp hearts
Non-dairy alternative to taste (optional)
Place oats and water into small pot and turn on high until boiling.
While water is heating, prepare other ingredients and place all in pot.
Stir and reduce to simmer UNCOVERED for 18 minutes.