Longevity is everyone’s goal and it seems like we would do anything to achieve this. Be it by going back to our roots and asking for the aid of mother nature and go natural or by way of inspired research and advances in technology that pave the way to newer ways to prolong one’s life or for a better way of living. There is no specific route that one must take however for those who are a lot more concerned with their health but do not want to go beyond what nature can provide they choose the natural way. It sounds plausible and for good measure, it sounds even better than relying simply on superficial and artificial ways to stay healthy. For today we are going to talk about one of nature’s wonderful ways to keep us healthy, the chia seeds. So sit back and feel free to tag along.
What are Chia Seeds?
A plant called Salvia hispanica or more commonly known as chia plant is the source of our round and tiny black or sometimes white chia seeds. This plant is a native of Central America and is part of the mint family. Historically, the word chia is supposed to mean “strength” in the Mayan language. Extraordinarily chia seeds are gluten-free and have been thought to contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than that of a walnut, calcium equivalent to a glass of milk and more antioxidants than blueberries. Incidentally, chia seeds are also known as the “Indian Running Food” as ancient Aztec warriors would consume chia seeds before they would go out for a hunt and these seeds give them that extra boost of energy. They are said to be able to give you energy for that hardcore exercise without keeping you awake at night. If you’re not yet impressed with that I bet you’ll like this, chia seeds are said to be partners in weight loss as well. Apparently they can absorb at least 3 times their weight in liquid especially when left to soak and a bonus is that it keeps you rehydrated.
Nutritional Facts of Chia Seeds
People native to Central America have been using chia seeds long before they even knew the nutritional facts about it. Here is the lowdown of the goodness you get with every chia seed.
- Mineral Content
- Essential Fatty Acids
Benefits of Consuming Chia Seeds
Not only are chia seeds packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential fatty acids which are already good for the body but they also have other benefits that just have to be mentioned.
- Chia seeds are jammed packed with a lot of nutrients.
- They aid in weight loss.
- With its fiber content, it can be a big help with digestion.
- It helps suppress sudden hunger because it makes you feel fuller.
- A good source of energy.
- Promotes endurance during strenuous activities.
- It can be added to any recipe you have because of its mild and almost bland taste.
Chia Seed Drink: 6 Recipe Ideas You Should Try
As said earlier, chia seeds have a very mild taste that is almost bland so it makes it so easy to add to any recipe you have. But if you’re the kind who has a very busy schedule sometimes drinks are easier to prepare. It is also a refreshing way to get healthy. Here are some creative chia seed drinks you can try.
Honey lemon ginger tea and chia seed drink
This drink is easy to make, just take one whole lemon and squeeze its contents unto your cup leave the lemon seeds out, of course, grate small amounts of ginger, pour in a teaspoon of organic honey. Add enough hot water and a teaspoon of chia seeds and there you go. It’s a great way to keep you energized and it also detoxifies your body from all that harmful free radicals.
Melon smoothie and chia seed drink
You can try to add chia seeds the next time you make a smoothie. This time why not try using tropical fruits like melon. It not only is refreshingly delicious but it also has vitamins and minerals to keep you refreshed and healthy.
Chia seeds and decaffeinated iced coffee
Go grab some instant decaffeinated coffee and mix it first in a little warm water just to dissolve all the contents easily then pour some ice-cold water when you’ve dissolved all the instant coffee. Add chia seeds and to the mix and a little bit of ice and shake well then enjoy. It is important to keep the coffee decaffeinated because as mentioned chia seeds are already packed with energy boosters and if you add it to caffein it may not be a good mix and might get you hyped and not the good kind.
Chia seeds in Four Seasons
Nothing could go wrong with a little experiment by adding chia seeds to your favorite mixed drink. It this case that would be four seasons. The sweet tangy taste is not overpowered by the chia seeds since it has a mild to almost bland taste which makes it a perfect partner.
Berry medley and chia seed drink
In a blender mix in some strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, a cup of ice and 1/4 cup of cream or milk then add chia seeds to the mix blend everything together and you have a medley of berries that helps you fight off free radicals and keeps your skin smooth. You also have chia seeds to boost your energy and keep your digestion working.
Banana- yogurt chia seed drink
Bananas are a good source of potassium and energy, add two bananas to your choice of yogurt to a blender. Put in some ice and chia seeds. Blend all ingredients well. You now have a fiber-rich and stomach-friendly drink that’ll probably last you a while before you go hungry again.
Some Things To Consider About Chia Seeds
Although there is a lot to be gained when it comes to chia seeds, there are some things that you should consider first before starting to consume loads of this good stuff.
- Chia seeds contain a substance called phytates which are known as an anti-nutrient. Though if consumed in moderation, you need not worry about it.
- They are hydrophilic, meaning they soak up a lot of water. There are recommendations to soak chia seeds up first before you add them to your food to get the maximum benefit from it. Please don’t try to eat chia seeds dry and directly. It will just be lodged on your throat when it comes into contact with your saliva and could cause you to choke.
- You can use them in powder form so as to make it easier to add or mix into any recipe you have to be it for food or drink. It is also good for the body since it’s already in powder form.
- Remember too much of everything is bad so always consume chia seeds in moderation.