Over the last few years, the Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods. Namely, these seeds are abundant with omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, but also contain high amounts of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. In addition to that, the Chia seeds contain37% nutritional fibers, which are extremely important for proper work of the intestines.

It is scientifically proved that Chia seeds improve the digestion, strengthen the immunity, regenerate the skin and speed up the fat-burning process.

You can add Chia seeds into your smoothies, sauces, bread butters, etc. Read on as below we are going to write about the health benefits that these seeds offer and we will suggest you 3 recipes for preparation of delicious meals.

Chia seeds- health benefits

  • Scientists explain that Chia seeds are one of the healthiest seeds and offer numerous health benefits. Studies showed that the Chia seeds have:
  • 3 times more antioxidant strength than blueberries;
  • 3 times more iron than spinach;
  • 2 times higher amount of potassium than the amount contained in bananas;
  • 5 times more calcium than milk. These seeds also contain boron, a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium in the bones;
  • Chia seeds contain high amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 (essential fatty acids);
  • 2 times more protein than any other grain or seeds;

In addition to that, the Chia seeds are abundant with soluble fiber, but also contain proteins and essential amino acids in a form that is easily digestible for the human intestines.

Another fact that should be mentioned is that Chia seeds are highly hydrophilic. Namely, these seeds absorb water and form a mucilaginous gel. These seeds have the ability to absorb 9-12 times more water than their weight in an extremely short period of time – for less than 10 minutes.

Antioxidants

The Chia seeds are a rich source of antioxidants and nutritionists explain that these seeds are the best replacement for flaxseed.

You can store dry Chia seeds for 4–5 years and they won’t lose their nutritional value and they also won’t change their flavor or aroma.

Weight loss

When are added into meals, Chia seeds displace calories and fat but they do not change the flavor of the meal. In other words, by adding Chia seeds in your meals you actually will intake half of the calories than before and you still can enjoy your favorite meals.

Chia offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Provides energy
  • Regulates digestion
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Boosts your body strength
  • Helps the process of weight loss
  • Boosts endurance

Medical experts explain that you can use Chia seeds as a natural treatment of various health conditions:

  • Weight loss/ balance
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Acid reflux
  • Celiac disease
  • IBS

Easy to Digest

When are soaked in water, the Chia seeds become easily digestible.

Absorb and Retain Water

Medical experts explain that Chia seeds have the ability to prolong hydration and retain electrolytes, particularly during the process of excretion.

Acid Reflux

In order to solve the problem with acid reflux, mix 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds and some water and consume this mixture. These seeds will absorb the excess acid. About 5 minutes later, drink 1 glass of water because the Chia seeds are hydrophilic and if they lack water, they will start absorbing it from the tissues.

Versatile taste

Chia seeds have mild taste and you can add them in numerous recipes. For example, you can add Chia seeds to your favorite smoothies, dressings, crackers, juices, ice creams, cookie mixtures etc.

Cleanse the intestines

Studies showed that Chia seeds efficiently remove the waste deposits accumulated in the intestines and in same time promote regular bowel movements.

Regeneration

Due to the fact that Chia seeds are high in nutrients, they promote rapid tissue regeneration. These seeds are great choice for patients who are recovering from injuries or surgeries, as well as during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Sugar Absorption

The Chia gel forms a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes which are responsible for breaking down of the carbohydrates. This actually slows down the process of carbs’ conversion into sugar.

Chia seeds- How to use?

As it is mentioned above, Chia seeds have the ability to absorb a large amount of water for a short period of time.

Basic Chia Gel

In a glass jar pour 2 cups of water and add 1/3 cup of chia seeds. Seal the jar and place it in the fridge. You will get a 17oz of chia gel. 10 minutes later you can consume your fresh Chia gel. However, it is important to mention that the power of its nutrients comes a few hours later, so it is advisable to wait a bit. For example, you can prepare the gel before bedtime and consume it in the morning. You can use this natural gel up to 3 weeks.

Whole Seeds

Mix chia seeds and whole seeds and then grind them in a coffee grinder. Add this healthy mixture in your soups, smoothies, meals and salads. Also, you can add this combo to granola mixes.

Add it to drinks

Except water, Chia seeds can absorb any type of liquid, so you can add these seeds to your juices. All you should do is to add your favorite fruits and Chia seeds in a blender and mix. Wait for 10 minutes and you can enjoy your healthy drink potion.

These are the top Chia recipes:

Raw Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • Raw honey or agave syrup to taste
  • 2 cups almond milk

Method of preparation:

Soak the chia seeds in water about 10 minutes before use. After that, mix the needed ingredients. In order to enrich the taste, you can add some cinnamon, vanilla or cardamom.

Banana-nut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons grounded Chia
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups vegetable juice pulp
  • 5 bananas
  • ½ cup raisins

Method of preparation:

In a food processor or blender add the bananas and veggie juice pulp. Then, add the ground chia and mix until you get a homogeneous paste. In a separate bowl mix the raisins and walnuts and make a loaf and add this mixture on its top: 9 dates, lemon juice of 1-2 lemons, cream cheese, a handful of dulse seaweed and the flesh of 3 avocados.

Chia Fresca

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons Chia seeds
  • Agave syrup or raw honey to taste
  • 10 oz pure water
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime

Method of preparation:

Pour the water in a glass and then add the Chia seeds, lemon juice and honey. Stir and that’s it. Enjoy!

Bana-paya Chia

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 tablespoons grounded Chia
  • 1 cup papaya flesh
  • 1 banana
  • 6 dried Turkish figs

Method of preparation:

In a bowl, mix the banana and the papaya flesh. After that, add the figs and stir. Leave the mixture to soak during overnight. After you wake up in the morning add the chia seeds and stir. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious breakfast!