The teensy bitsy little powerhouse ~ Chia

Chia seeds and I are becoming those types of friends that you can’t get enough of and you want to be around over and over and over again. These teensy little seeds are packed with so many minerals and nutrition. One teaspoon of chia seeds has as much calcium as a glass of cow’s milk. They  have twice as much potassium than a banana. Chia seeds are packed with Omega 3s which we need to keep our hearts healthy, to grow healthy babies in womb, for aches and pains like arthritis and even for asthma because Omega 3s reduce inflammation.

For the new mother Chia seeds are a must-have since they increase energy. These little power sources have fiber as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc. And they are packed with antioxidants – even more than blueberries!

Here is more about Chia seeds ~

Chia seed is an ancient superfood that is currently experiencing a glorious renaissance ;) It is a member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica). The little black and white seeds were once a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with the Native Americans of the southwest. “Chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as mega-energy food, especially for their running messengers, who would carry a small pouch of it with them. Chia has been called ‘Indian Running Food’ and gives an incredibly ‘sustaining’ surge of energy. ~ Raw Reform.

So, you see why I love them?

Chia seeds are also hydro-phillic and absorb water so they can be used as substitutes during baking and also to add make recipes like chia pudding.They are nutty in flavor and because they are so tiny that when eating on their own they tend to get stuck in your teeth. But, I have no problems eating them easily when they’ve been in my water and in any other foods we eat. Unlike Flax seeds you don’t have to grind them to eat them. You can eat Chia seeds whole and your body will be able to process them.

The easiest way for me to do use Chia seeds is by adding 1 tablespoon to my herbal infusions each day. I also add them to yogurt, oatmeal, homemade granola, raw desserts, the kids water, salads with dressings, quinoa and also making our chia pudding. It’s so easy to add these to just about any meal you choose.

Chia seeds are superfoods in so many ways. Even for the picky eater Chia seeds are no worries because they are awesome at hiding out in other foods. But, we love them here so they take their own sacred space right on the counter so they are always easy to grab. Enjoy!

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Giselle Baturay is a mother, herbalist, aromatherapist, prenatal and postpartum educator, boutique owner, community builder, gatherer of dreams, task juggler and a lover of life.

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