I’ve been eating chia seeds for a couple of years. It is one of those foods that I heard great things about and began to incorporate into my diet, and then completely forgot what made it so good and why I was eating it. So I spent a bit of time today going back and reading about this wonderful little superfood.
Chia seeds have been around foreverrrr, apparently they were eaten by the Aztecs. They have the highest level of plant-sourced Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein. They are a powerful antioxidant, increase metabolism, contain 5 times more calcium than milk and 15 times more iron than broccoli. They boost energy, slow down digestion and keep you full for a long time while sustaining balanced blood sugar levels. I only eat 1-2 teaspoons of it a day, mixed into my yoghurt with nuts, and this keeps my appetite at bay for hours.
I often add chia seeds into recipes for baked goods, like muffins. I put a couple of teaspoons in a small dish with water for 15 minutes. This forms a gooey paste, which I then mix in with the other ingredients.
And now, I am starting my baby daughter on chia seeds! Boy Wonder (age 2) already eats them, although I didn’t start putting them in his food until he was close to a year old. With my daughter, we are doing a mixture of baby-led weaning along with some purees. Many parents use rice-cereal to thicken runny food for their babies. As far as I can tell, rice-cereal is hardly nutritious and seems to be just a whole lot of empty calories, so we’ll be using chia seeds insteads. In fact, I’ve just read how easy it is to grow them so will be insisting Informed Papa plants some in our garden this weekend!
Have you tried chia? They are just about tasteless, so there’s not much to dislike!