Benefits Of Chia Seed
This whole grain is an ancient health food that was used by the Mayans and the Aztecs as their main energy source.
After the Spanish conquest of South America, the chia became prohibited for consumption under the new rule.
Chia is making a big comeback now that people have started to investigate its awesome health benefits. Chia seeds are extremely high in fiber, antioxidants, calcium as well as a great plant based source of proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids. While it can be sprouted into micro greens or ground into flour and used in a variety of ways that ordinary flour would be, it can also be enjoyed whole and raw.
The chia seed delivers a maximum amount of nutrients for a small caloric price.
Omega Fatty Acids
Fatty acids known as “essential fatty acids,” Are essential to our health, Our bodies cannot produce them on their own. So we must get our omega fatty acids through our food sources. Fish is a great source of Fatty Acids but if you are not a big fan of fish, omegas can be difficult to get. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3s and-6s.
As a dietary necessity that many Americans lack, chia offers 11 grams of fiber per ounce. This is roughly 45 percent of the recommended daily value in just one serving.
Chia seeds offer anywhere from three to six times more calcium than milk per serving... Wow~!!! , With osteoporosis on the rise chia can provide an important nutrient to help maintain strong bones
Important for protecting our bodies against free radicals, antioxidants are another nutrient that chia seeds can provide.
Chia is a complete protein. Chia includes all essential amino acids such as leucine,phenylalanine , methionine, isoleucine, lysine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
Chia seeds are a wonderful source of nutrients that can easily be added into your diet. Chia can be added to your cereals, smoothies, or in baked goods, The possibilities are endless.
Chia and Kombucha!
Additionally chia has become even more popular is by its incorporation into Kombucha based beverages. This really ramps up the nutritional value of both these nutrient dense foods. When you soak chia seeds in your kombucha they can absorb up to seven to ten times their weight in liquid which is then slowly released into your body sort of like a time released hydration. Each seed will develop a clear jelly like coating which some people think have a texture similar to tiny bobas.
Try some chia in your next batch of flavored kombucha and see how you can create a whole new taste experience with this ancient super food!
Here is a great Chia Kombucha Recipe :
After your second fermentation
Add 8 ounces of kombucha tea
2 tbl. spoons of muddled raspberry's
2 tbl. spoons of chia seed , let stand for 10 minutes....& Enjoy !!!