Hi friends, happy Friday!
How is it going?
I wanted to write about a completely different topic but then changed it last minute. It was a topic close to my heart, a cause of much annoyance and still it taught me an important lesson. But the thoughts were pouring in hard and it was getting all jumbled up. Maybe next week!
So instead, it’s chia seeds today. We all have heard of chia seeds, if not already had them one way or the other! They are all a rage currently and are hailed as a superfood, for a good reason! Very healthy, very versatile and very nutritious, chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, a Mexican native.
Did You Know?
Chia seeds date back to ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations and in fact, “chia” in Mayan means ‘strength’!
Benefits Of Chia Seeds
They literally pack quite a punch in a small serving! About 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain 139 calories, 4 gms of protein, 9 grams of fat, 12 gms of carbs and 11 gms of fibre.
- Chia seeds are an unprocessed whole-grain, non-GMO and gluten-free
- Chia seeds are low in calories and high in fibre, contain good fats and lot of important vitamins/minerals, other than a decent amount of protein
- Loaded with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties
- Good fat and good carbs. Majority of the carbs in chia is in the form of fibre which our body can’t digest
- Great source of fibre as 40% of its weight is from fibre
- Good source of plan-based protein
- Considered beneficial in weight management, cholesterol management and blood-sugar management
Easy To Consume
As they lack a taste of their own, chia seeds are very easy to consume and one can add them to any dish – be it smoothie or salad…even baked goods and desserts!
Chia seeds absorb water and can be blended into anything as well. They require no pre-usage preparations and can be eaten raw or easily baked. Multigrain breads with chia seeds in it, are my favorite!!
Another favorite is an overnight-soaked rolled oats dish with chia seeds that I love having for breakfast. Very low calorie, satisfying and no artificial sugars! It is super-simple, no fuss, yummy and delicious! Vegans can make it in milk-substitutes as easily.
Those who have joined me on Instagram, already know how to make it. I have shared it a couple of times in my stories and I will do it again, tomorrow! If you want to join me on Instagram, for more healthy tips etc and a daily dose of motivation, here is the link:
Mostly, anyone can consume chia seeds (in moderation, of course) however people who are on high BP medications or are allergic to til (sesame)/mustard seeds already, can use it with caution or with an advice from your doctor/nutritionist.
And while you eat a good balanced diet, don’t forget to include a regular fitness regime in your daily routine for complete health benefits. Good diet and a regular fitness regime go hand in hand, in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable as well as enjoyable.
Till next Friday
Namaste, Health and Peace