WHAT IS A CHIA SEED-the tiny little seed?

Chia seeds

 

So what is a chia seed you ask? Originally from Mexico and Guatemala, this tiny seed has many proven health benefits. It has a reputation of being a superfood and can be added to a smoothie or put on a salad. They can be added to cereal, sauces, rice dishes or blended drinks. About 1 millimeter in diameter the seeds are oval and gray with black and white spots. They are from the flowering mint family plant called Salvia hispanica. These seeds have about 140 calories per two tablespoons and a great amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are harvested from the slightly dried flower head of the purple chia flower.

Benefits of chia seeds: rich in antioxidants, very few calories, lots of fiber, high in quality protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids, high in calcium, can reduce blood sugar levels, may reduce chronic inflammation and easy to consume.

Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain health. And a single one ounce serving of chia seeds contain 5 grams of omega-3’s. Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful to raise HDL cholesterol which is the good cholesterol that protects against stroke and heart attack.

Reduces Chronic Inflammation:

Some studies have shown that chia seeds could reduce inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s normal response to infection or injury. Red and swollen skin is a typical example. Although inflammation helps your body heal and fight off bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents, it can sometimes cause harm. This applies to chronic inflammation which is associated to cancer and heart disease. Being rich in antioxidants chia seeds are compounds that provide protection from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Simple chia seed pudding recipe:

A simple 3 ingredient chia seed pudding consists of 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1 teaspoon honey. Mix well, wait for pudding to settle then mix again. Be sure there are no clumps then place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Add fruit, cinnamon or vanilla for added flavor. If you use a clear glass or mason jar then you can see the mixture inside to be sure there are no clumps. Enjoy!

what is a chia seed - chia pudding


Nutritional Facts Daily Value*:

  • Amount Per 1 oz 28.4 g
  • Calories 138%
  • Total Fat 9g13% Saturated fat 0.9g 4% Polyunsaturated fat 7g Monounsaturated fat 0.7g Trans fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
  • Sodium 5 mg 0%
  • Potassium 115 mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
  • Dietary fiber 10g 40%
  • Protein 4.7g 9%
  • No sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Calcium 17%
  • Iron 12%
  • Magnesium 23%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Conclusion

I hope this information helps you to understand what is a chia seed. Growing in popularity and more readily available in markets makes them a perfect choice for better health. Chia seeds have a long shelf life and should be stored in a cool dry place. Be sure they are not brown when you consume them as this means they are not mature yet. Brown seeds will not provide the proper nutritional value and can be bitter in taste. Due to its high fiber be cautious that you don’t consume too much. Too much could cause discomfort like bloating, constipation or intestinal gas. The recommended dosage is 1.5 tablespoons taken twice per day. Try using chia seeds to replace an egg in vegan cooking.

If you want to try chia seeds, check out Thrive markets selection of organic chia seeds.  Click here.


Please comment and share below if you like chia seeds or if you have any recipes.

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Replies to “WHAT IS A CHIA SEED-the tiny little seed?”

  1. This is a great post on the topic of Chia seeds. There are plenty of people that I know who have had Chia Seeds who have no clue as to what it can actually do for you. This is great in terms of having plenty of useful information packed into a reasonable sized post. It’s really great the way you strategically placed the information and keep it very concise. This is some information that could easily draw interest to someone who knows nothing about the Chia Seeds. Great Job!

  2. Great article about the benefits of chia seeds and thank you for providing nutritional info for the chia pudding! I am always looking for new ways to use chia seeds and never thought about putting it on a salad. Thanks for the idea! I also like to make chia pudding with coconut milk and blending it with a banana and vanilla for added sweetness.

  3. Thanks for sharing your review here with us it has educated me a lot on chia seed. It has enable me know how to preserve the seed the dosage to take. This information will go a long way to help as an individual. For sometime now have been reading other reviews on Chai seed but not as self elaborating as yours. 

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  5. Thank you so much for the article on the Chia Seed. I plan to make the Chia Seed pudding recipe. Sounds good.

  6. I am very much into eating healthy and have been for the last 25 years. I love your site and the topics you’ve chosen. I eat at least 1 tablespoon of chia seeds every day. I especially eat them for the Omega’s and the anti inflammatory qualities. Recent bloodwork revealed that my inflammatory markers are very low. I believe Chia seeds deserve some of the credit for that. I love the Chia seed pudding recipe. I’m going to try it! Thanks so much for including it in your post!

  7. Wauuuh I cant believe this, recently I have been suffering with memory Loss, And every time I share this am advised to try Omega 3, Now I have a idea of getting Chia since this will come with more than one benefits including my Knees Arthritis Pain.

    Thank you
    – Mercy

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