The Super Power of Chia Seeds

This week we are going to talk a little about the nutritional value of CHIA SEEDS.

This superfood is from south and central America and was cultivated and consumed by the ancient Aztec tribes thousands of years ago. The word chia comes from Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily and was a very important crop due to its high nutritional value.

Today Chia seeds are cultivated in many countries including Australia, Mexico, USA, Brazil and parts of Europe. Last year Australia was the biggest producer of Chia seeds followed by Guatemala. Chia seeds have been very popular in Mexico, southwestern America, Guatemala, Colombia and other American countries for many years now.

The three main benefits of this superfood are:

High quantity of Omega-3 available per gram.

Source of nutrients and trace elements. Rich in vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, zing and many others.

Rich in specially soluble fibre which helps to reduce blood sugar levels, cholesterol and promote appetite satisfaction and consequently helping fat loss and weight management.

I love using chia seeds in my superfood shakes, snacks and desserts. It’s simple, easy and you don’t need much per person. I normally recommend between 1 to 2 tablespoon (10–20 grams) of chia seeds a day for my family and friends to get the quantity of omegas that the body needs.

Here is a nutrifood recipe for you to enjoy at home and to help you use more Chia seeds in your daily basis: BERRY GOOD SAUCE.

300g frozen berries 1 cup of water 5 tablespoon of chia seeds 1/2 lime or lemon 2 teaspoon of stevia or any other compatible natural sweetener

HOW TO DO IT In a saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to boil. As soon as the ingredients starts to boil reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20–30 minutes or until the volume is reduce and it begins to thicken. Whisk every few minutes to avoid burning the bottom of the pan and to help the texture. Use hot or cold to complement fruit salads, smoothies, healthy sorbets, ice cream and yogurts. Yummy! Enjoy and keep checking my blog for new healthy tips.