Chia means strength in Mayan. The seeds were utilized as energy food, particularly for the running messengers, that carried small pouches with chia seeds with them. It was also caller ‘Indian Running Food since it gives an incredible energy surge. If you eat chia and run later during the day, your ability and endurance to run further will be greatly enhanced.
In Mexico, it is said that 1 tbsp of chia seeds can can sustain a person for 24 hours. Chia also tastes amazing, looks cute and you don’t need any cooking skills to prepare it.
Why should you eat Chia seeds?
Chia seeds have:
2 times more protein than any other grain or seed 5 times more calcium than milk and boron which is a mineral that transfers the calcium in your bones 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas 3 times stronger antioxidant than blueberries 3 times greater amount of iron than spinach
Plenteous amounts of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
They an excellent source of protein and provide all essential amino acids in a digestible form. Also, they are rich in soluble fibre.
Just like flax seeds, chia seeds are highly ‘hydrophilic‘ – they absorb water and produce a mucilaginous gel. Chia seeds can maintain water between 9 to12 times their weight and they are very absorbent.
Since chia seed has high antioxidant content, they stay stable for longer periods of time, whereas, for example, flax may turn stale. When dry, they can be stored for about 5 years without losing their nutritional value, aroma or flavour. You can use chia for every recipe that requires flax.
Chia tastes very pleasant and mild. You can combine it with various other foods and the taste won’t change drastically. Usually people add chia in their bread batters, sauces, smoothies, puddings and many other foods. You won’t lose the flavor and you will get more nutrients.
The Dream Food of Dieters
Chia is a dream food for dieters because when they add them in various foods, it builds their muscles, moving fat and calories without losing the flavour. So, you can eat a usual serving, and yet consume only half the calories you might have eaten, since the food was bulked up with chia seeds. Additionally, you will fill your belly with amazing nutrients.
Other benefits of eating Chia
Gives energy Improves strength Boosts endurance Balances blood sugar Causes weight loss
Helps with intestinal regularity
Absorption of sugar
Chia delays the effect of sugars in the organism, if you eat them together. The gel produces a physical barricade between digestive enzymes and the carbohydrates they break down, slowing down the transformation of carbohydrates into sugar. This means that the energy obtained from the food is steadily released, which results in increased endurance. This is particularly beneficial to diabetics. Also, it means that you can mix chia with sweet foods and beverages like apple juice.
Retain and Absorb Water
Because of its exceptional quality to absorb water, chija can help you extend hydration and keep electrolytes.
Whole chia seeds soaked in water are easily absorbed and digested. Their small shells quickly break down. They are light, yet energising. Chia seeds nutrients can be quickly utilized by our body.
Chia seeds expand and function like a digestive cleaner, sweeping the intestinal tract and helping to eliminate the accumulated old waste in the gut. Many people report more regular stool after eating chia seeds.
Chia seeds have reasonable price. One bags cost about 8 dollars. 1/3 cup of dry chia seed is approximately 17 oz of chia gel, which will cost you only a dollar. Depending on the amount of gel, a 17oz bag will last for approximately 4 days and will cost you about 25 cents a day.
You can use Chia in so various kinds of recipes – salty or sweet – they can be added to anything. You can add them in cookie mixtures, salad dressings, smoothies, juices, ice creams and crackers.
The protein in Chia seeds is gluten-free. This is an ideal option for gluten sensitive people or those who want to eliminate gluten from their diets.
Which medical conditions can be relieved with Chia?
Chia is beneficial for a various range of health problems, including:
Balancing and losing weight
thyroid conditions diabetes hypoglycaemia IBS acid reflux celiac disease
Very old remedy
Traditional cultures that used chia, such as the Aztecs, also used it as a remedy. Chi was used in innumerable ways – as an eye cleanser to a treatment for wounds, joint pain etc. It was regarded as an extremely valuable remedy.
People use chia to manage thair acid reflux. Since chia has highly absorbent abilities, you can consume one tablespoon of dry chia seeds with water to absorb the acid from your stomach. Just make sure to drink one glass of water a couple of minutes later, because the seeds are very hydrophilic that they will draw water from the tissues. This way you can cheaply and effectively manage this condition.
Chia aids rapid development of tissue, due to its incredible nutrient profile and easy assimilation. It can be very beneficial for those healing from injuries, people like bodybuilders who are always re-forming tissues and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How to use Chia?
The most usual way to consume chia is to soak the seeds first. They can absorb a great amount of liquids quickly.
The Basic Gel
For the basic gel jus add 2oz of seeds in 2 cups of water. Combine the mixture well to avoid the creation of clumps and leave the mixture in the fridge, in a tightly closed jar. This will give you an approximately 17oz of basic gel. If you like you can start eating the gel right away. Ten minutes of time is enough for the formation of the gel. But, more nutrients will be accessible after a couple of hours so you can make a batch and let it stay in the fridge. You can keep it stored like this for approximately 3 weeks. You can include it in salad dressings, smoothies, puddings, granola or just eat spoonful of it.
More than Water…
As we mentioned earlier, chia can absorb everything – not just water. You can soak it beverages like apple juice. You can also blend fruits – like persimmons and bananas, and put the chia seed in the mixture. Here too, the longer you leave the seeds, the more nutrients you will obtain, but you can also consume it 10 minutes after the preparation.
Also, you can add dry seeds in granola mixes or salads. You can also experiment by grinding them in a coffee grinder, and making a chia flour for your soups and smoothies.
10 Raw and Tasty Chia Recipes
WARNING – these are extreme raw recipes, created by people who eat raw food for long period of time. Some may seem pretty unusual or unknown to people who don’t eat as much raw food. Try them or get inspired by them to create your own recipes.
The recipes are based on one serving.
Basic Chia Gel
You just need chia and water!
Add1/3-cup of chia seeds in 2 cups water and stir well. This is the recipe for the ‘basic gel’ that you can store in the fridge and use whenever you like.
Sweet Chia Shortbread
About 5 tablespons of chia seeds 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder 2 cups of apple juice Half a cup of dried mulberries
Put the chia in the apple juice and let them soak. Add the other ingredients and let them soak for a minimum of 10 minutes before eating.
Two teaspoons of chia seeds Ten oz of pure water Lime or lemon juice
Raw honey or agave syrup
This is a popular drink in Mexico. Just mix all ingredients and enjoy.
2 or 3 apples Eight dates (remove the pits) 4-5 tablespoons of chia seeds
Put the apples and half of the dates in a blander. Pour the mixture in a bowl and add the mulberries and chia seeds. Chop the other half of the dates and stir them in too. Let them soak for a minimum of 10 minutes before eating.
A banana One cup of papaya flesh Six dried figs
4-5 tablespoons of ground chia seeds
Mix the papaya flesh and banana. Add the figs let them soak during the night. The next day, put the whole mixture into a blender and add the soaked figs. Stir the ground chia. Serve.
Chia Muesli Gel
A cup of basic chia gel Two mashed bananas A tablespoon of lucuma powder Raisins
Combine all ingredients with a fork and enjoy.
Eight dried prunes, soaked in pure water A tablespoon of spirulina
1/3 cup of chia seeds
Drain most of the water where the prunes were soaked place the chia seeds in the remaining part of the soak water. Mix together the spirulina and the prunes with a little soak water. Stir this mixture with the soaked chia seeds. Let the chia soak for a minimum of 10 minutes before eating.
About 5 tablespoons of chia seeds Two bananas About two persimmons 1 teaspoon of maca 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix the persimmons and bananas together in a bowl. Add the chia seeds, cinnamon, maca, pumpkin seeds and gojis. Let the chia soak for a minimum of 10 minutes before eating.
Raw ‘Rice Pudding’
4 or 5 tablespoons of chia seed 2 cups of almond milk
agave syrup or raw honey
Mix the ingredients in accordance with our preferences. Let the chia soak for a minimum of 10 minutes before eating. Also you may add vanilla, cardamom or cinnamon.
Two cups of veggie juice Eight tablespoons of ground chia seeds Chopped walnuts Raisins
Mix together the bananas and vegetable juice in a blender. Add the ground chia seeds and blend until you completely mix the seeds.
Pour it into a bowl and add the raisins and walnuts in the mixture. Shape into a bread loaf.
Three avocados (only the flesh) Nine dates A cup of lemon juice A handful of dulse seaweed
Put all ingredients in a blender and serve.