Culinary Notes :
Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They are most easily digested when soaked in any form of liquid before ingesting. Originally grown in Mexico, the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency. The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. They said just 1 spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein and vitamins. The humble Chia seed can be seamlessly added to any dish or smoothie giving you a big nutrient hit without even noticing.
- Use raw by sprinkling on cereals, salads
- Add to recipes such breads, muffins, cakes, cookies stews & stir frys.
- Add to dishes such as sauces or casseroles
- Add to smoothies, yogurt or tortillas
- Use to make chia pudding, which can be used as an egg replacement for vegans or people with allergies
Chia seeds have a high nutritional value. They contain high amounts of fibre, protein and omega -3. They have anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to be beneficial to cardiovascular health.
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Country of origin:
South America, Australia
Other names or spelling: chia white seeds, chia black seeds, salvia hispanica