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.
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”…
there are 3 reasons I can’t get enough chia…
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.
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:
helps skin heath and great for anti-aging
good for heart health
increase brain power
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.
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!
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp. Salba Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar or other container with a lid.
- 2. Shake rigorously, then refrigerate. After 10-15 minutes, shake again and allow to sit in fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Chia seeds will absorb almond milk and turn into a pudding like consistency.
- 3. Layer pudding with nectarine, rambutans, and shredded coconut.