Goji, acai, flax, spirulina it seems like not a year passes without a new superfood arriving on the block and this year is no different! It’s the year of the
It may already be gaining popularity in America but ask most people in the UK and the word Chia would be alien to them.
So, what is Chia?
Chia (Salvia hispanica.) is a species of flowering plant from the mint family. It is native to central and southern Mexico & Guatemala and was once a staple in both Mayan & Aztec diets.
Chia Facts & benefits…
- One serving of Chia (1tbsp) will generally include 60kcal, 4.5g Fat, 5g carbs & 3g protein.
- More Omega-3 fatty acids then Salmon
- Full of antioxidants and minerals
- Gluten Free
- Fibrous (making it great for digestion & healing digestion problems)
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves heart health
- Stabilises blood Sugar
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Helps build muscle
- Helps maintain healthy skin and hair
Chia is commonly eaten in breads, salads, puddings, yoghurts & dressings. It also makes a great egg replacement for a Vegan diet when mixed with water.
Of course this one food alone will not keep you healthy and many Superfoods are largely overestimated. Eating these foods can definitely help keep you healthy, but remember this will only happen when eaten along with a varied diet.
I personally welcome these superfoods to the spotlight as it makes for a great change, rather than the processed ‘junk’ foods that are normally pushed upon us. I love to use Chia seeds sprinkled on my salads or even more so to make a simple
Chia Pudding that can even be eaten for breakfast, like my recipe below.
- ½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or chocolate almond milk)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (leave this out when using chocolate almond milk)
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
- ½ cup raspberries or fruit of choice
- 1. Blend the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract & cocoa powder.
- 2. Pour into a jar, add your chia seeds and shake until fully mixed.
- 3. Add your peanut butter in small amounts (you could blend this in step 1 but I like it in chunks)
- 4. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 3-5 hours)
- 5. Top with your fruit and enjoy!
Hope you all give this a try this coming weekend… you won’t regreat it.
Alison x x