The seeds were a dietary staple of the Mayans and Aztecs, exceeded only by corn and beans. An exceptionally rich wellspring of ALA (plant-based) omega-3 unsaturated fats (the sort found in pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil, and a few vegetables), they give medical advantages comparable to fish and fish oil, yet are suitable for a veggie lover or vegetarian diet. Chia seeds additionally contain fiber, protein, cell reinforcements, and minerals, for example, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. (There was an incredible correlation of chia seed sustenance with hemp, flax, and pumpkin seeds in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times.)
Quite compelling to marathoners and other tip top competitors are chia’s hydrating and perseverance properties. The hydrophilic seeds can retain up to ten times their weight in water, and that gelling element physically backs off the procedure by which our bodies proselyte doused chia seeds’ carbs into straightforward sugars. What’s more, you don’t need to be preparing to run 26 or more miles to advantage; in a piece distributed the previous spring in Bloomberg News, my buddy David Sax reports that chia seeds have turn into a mainstream stimulant on Divider Road in a bigger number of routes than one. Red Bull is so over.
Chia is generally developed in Mexico and Bolivia. The seeds are littler than sesame seeds and range in shading from grayish cocoa to white; the shading of the seeds has no genuine bearing on the nourishing worth, albeit white chia seeds bode well in specific dishes. As indicated by most sources, chia seeds, not at all like flax seeds, don’t need to be ground with a specific end goal to discharge their full nutritious advantages. (They don’t appear to turn foul as fast as flax seeds, it is possible that.) They are exceptionally impartial in flavor—I discover them practically flavorless—so they can be effortlessly added to pretty much anything. For those individuals out there who must stay away from wheat, rest guaranteed that chia seeds are sans gluten.
Also, albeit there are chia seed wholesome supplements, juice drinks, vitality bars, and other bundled nourishments, I vote in favor of just living up to expectations them into your home-cooking collection. The seeds themselves are accessible at numerous grocery stores (Bounce’s Red Plant is one broadly appropriated brand) and additionally wellbeing nourishment stores and numerous online sources.
If you need ideas on how you can incorporate chia seeds in your food, this book gives out yummy but healthy dessert recipes that use chia seeds.
You can also check out this 7 day meal planner for more healthy food ideas.