Chia Colada Anyone? March 22 2014 by Simone Denny
Chias to the Almighty Chia!
Who couldn't in love with a little seed thats name means 'strength'. Originating in South America and dating back to the Mayan and Aztec times, this powerful little seed was used for energy and endurance. Chia seeds can be absorbed by the body in an unprocessed form (unlike seeds such as flaxseeds) making them a very convenient and nutrient dense food to add to salads, smoothies, baking or desserts.
Why I'm Eating Chia's Right Now
Brain Food - I'm not sure how long you can keep claiming baby brain after having a baby but I am still milking it! For this reason I put my hand up for anything that can help boost brain power. Chia seeds are high in Omega 3s - in fact they are the highest plant source of Omega 3 on the planet and weight for weight they actually have more Omega 3 than salmon. The Omega 3 content is also very beneficial for cardiovascular health.
Calcium - Chia seeds contain about 18% of your daily calcium requirements. Calcium is an important bone building mineral. Being over 30 (which is the age women's ability to absorb calcium decreases) I am increasing my calcium intake wherever possible.
Great for Vegetarians - I haven't eaten red meat for the past 20 years (eek that makes me sound old), therefore I am always interested in foods with high protein and iron content. Chia seeds are 20% protein and also an good source of iron.
Fibre - Chia seeds have 10 grams of fibre in every 2 tablespoons - this is excellent for digestive health, inflammation and managing cholesterol.
Possible Weight Loss - I'm not a dieter and have always been an advocate of a healthy balanced diet, however if weight loss comes with this little super seed I wouldn't say no! Chia seeds contain triptophan (the same amino acid found turkey) which is said to help regulate appetite. Also, when chia seeds are combined with water they form a gel, which keeps you feeling full for longer. Chia's are also excellent for levelling blood sugar.
Other Benefits- Studies have shown Chia seeds can help improve blood pressure in diabetics and can help improve cholesterol levels. Chia seeds contain a healthy dose of manganese and phosphorous, which are beneficial for promoting healthy bones and teeth.
Other Cool Things About Chia Seeds
Egg Replacement - If you are vegan or even if you are not, you can replace the eggs in your recipes with what I call 'chia goo'. To make the egg replacement (chia goo) - add 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds (ground in a grinder or food processor) to 3 tablespoons of water then allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Simply add this to your mixture in place of an egg.
Use as a Gluten Free Thickener - Chia seeds can be used as gelling agent or a thickener. The seeds can be added to soups or sauces (or puddings as per the below) and can also be used to make fruit jam. Simply soak the seeds overnight and add them as required.
Add it to you Beauty Regime - Use the Chia seed gel (goo) on your skin to help reduce scarring or use it as a leave-in conditioner by simply adding coconut oil to the chia mixture.
Chia Colada Pudding
If you like Coconut and Pineapple flavours, you will love this little combo. It is a fresh and summery, yet has a creamy texture that makes it taste quite decadent. Enjoy it for breakfast or dessert
Chica Colada Recipe
- 11/2 cups of large cup of chopped pineapple (half for the recipe half for the topping)
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1 cup of light coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons of coconut nectar (optional)
- Toasted Coconut Flakes (optional)
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