Chia is one of the superfoods that is being bandied about in the internet. The word “chia” means strength in Mayan language, and the chia seeds were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners would eat them for sustenance during long distance running. When eaten daily, they are an excellent food for weight loss because it’s rich in Omega 3 (it has 8 times more omega 3 than salmon), which helps break down and liberate stored fat. In addition, it is also rich in fiber which reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel movement. It also has more antioxidants than blueberries, which help protect the body from free radicals and cancer. The high antioxidant content means they also have a long shelf life and can last almost two years without refrigeration. It is also gluten-free.
Chia seeds have the effect of thickening or bulkening which leads to a feeling of fullness or satiety. The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of the seeds when mixed with other liquids all contribute to its satiating effects. So this results in you taking in fewer calories over the day and assist with your weight loss. Nutritionists recommend adding 15 grams or 0.53 oz (1 tablespoon) of chia seeds to your daily menu. No more than that because it’s very high in fiber and could cause an upset stomach for those with sensitive stomach.
A tablespoon of chia seeds can help suppress your appetite, provides a slow release of energy which will sustain you much longer and keep the hunger pangs away, and also keep your digestive track moving along. You can simply add it up to your daily meal of oatmeal, green smoothies, pudding, pancakes, spread it in your salads or add into breads; the possibilities are endless. It wouldn’t change the flavour of the dish, but expect them to be a little bit crunchy.
Add chia seeds to soups for thickener. Ground or whole chia seeds make a great substitute for cornstarch when thickening a soup. For a simple and nutritious vegetable soup, thickened by chia seeds, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small organic onion, chopped
- 2 cloves organic garlic, minced
- 2 stalks organic celery, chopped
- 1 medium organic green pepper, chopped
- 2 medium organic carrots, chopped
- 2 cups fresh organic green beans
- 2 quarts of organic chicken, vegetable or beef broth * CHECK THE INGREDIENTS * know what you are buying !
- 4 -6 organic tomatoes, chopped and peeled
- 1/2 c. chopped organic Italian parsley
- 1/2 c chopped organic cilantro
- 1/8 c. chia seeds or chia seed powder
- black pepper, to taste
- salt, to taste * SALT OF LIFE* Himalayan pink salt
- organic lemon juice (optional)
- In the olive oil, sautee the onion, garlic, celery, green pepper, carrots, and green beans over medium heat. After 5-10 minutes, when the vegetables begin to soften, add the tomatoes, broth, corn, and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. When it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Then stir in chia seeds to thicken, and add lemon juice and more seasoning to taste. When the soup thickens, serve immediately, topped with parsley. Serves 6.
Have chia today!