chia seeds // what, why and how to use this superfood

ah, chia seeds…. once part of a ridiculous novelty item of the 90’s (remember the tune??), now a superfood. 

well, let’s be clear it was a superfood first. but I’ll clear up the history of chia in a second. 

today I’m taking over Salba Chia Seeds Instagram account- so in honor of this fun collaboration, I thought I’d write a quick superfood spotlight on my absolute favorite power seed. 


chia seeds pudding


i’m here to answer the big questions around chia seeds. 

like what the heck are they?, why are they so good for us?, and HOW do you  incorporate them into meals, snacks and beverages? 

let’s get to it…

WHAT is chia?? 

chia actually goes way back. like wayyyy before the backstreet boys and those corny cha-cha-cha-chia commercials of the 90’s. 

a common staple in ancient mayan culture, “chia” is said to mean “strength.” the warriors believed their stamina and strength came from this tiny seeds. 

I believe it. commonly found in plant based diets, these seeds provide an incredible amount of vitamins and nutrients crucial for a well rounded vegan diet. which brings us to the “why”…


Chia seeds avocado toast

avocado toast with chia.

WHY chia?

there are 3 reasons I can’t get enough chia…

reason #1:

the versatility. I literally add this seed to everything. on toast, in smoothies, in lemon water, as chia pudding, topping salads, in baking, on and on the list goes. it’s simple to incorporate into your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 


Chia seeds chia lime water

reason #2: the flavor (or lack of…) is on point.

it has such a subtle taste. unlike hemp or flaxseed (which I also use!), chia is just the easier to disguise taste wise. I think anyone new to super foods or 

reason #3: it’s a nutritional powerhouse. 

it’s got a little of everything. omega-3’s, protein, tons of fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium. you know, the stuff they always say you need to get from meat and dairy. Ha! 

in addition to giving a little of everything nutrients wise, chia helps with the following:

boosts energy

boosts metabolism

helps skin heath and great for anti-aging

good for heart health

increase brain power

naturally anti-inflammatory

HOW to use chia??

I mentioned a few ideas above, but chia pudding is probably my favorite. it’s a sweet and healthy breakfast that pairs well with every fruit. I like to make it into a parfait.


Chia seeds nectarine chia pudding


here’s a quick chia pudding recipe using summer inspired flavors like shredded coconut and juicy nectarines. I also used rambutans in this chia pudding parfait, which was delicious! they have a floral flavor, and although this tropical fruit may look funky on the outside, if you can get your hands on some – try it! 

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Chia seeds nectarine parfait

 


to purchase my favorite chia seeds- check out Salba Chia’s site. also, go follow their feed today as I’ve taken over! xo

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