Are you familiar with chia seeds?
Originally from Latin America, chia comes from Salvia hispanica, a plant from the same family as sage and mint. This small black or white seed roughly resembles a poppy seed in size and appearance.
Chia seeds contain protein and are recognized as a rich source of fibre – nearly 4 g per tablespoon! The particular fibre they contain is soluble, meaning it dissolves in water and absorbs liquids. This makes chia seeds helpful in lowering blood cholesterol. Like flaxseeds, chia seeds contain plant-based omega-3 and help maintain good cardiovascular health. When you consume this super seed, you’re also loading up on vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium and B vitamins!
How to include it in your diet?
With their very mild, neutral flavour, chia seeds can be sprinkled on just about any dish. They add colour and texture to soups, salads, oatmeal and yogurt. Plus, when mixed with a liquid (water, milk, plant drink), chia seed swell in just a few minutes to resemble small cooked tapioca pearls. In short, chia seeds are highly versatile and easy to include in your daily meals. Thanks to protective antioxidants, whole (unground) chia seeds keep at room temperature for 2 years if stored away from light.
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