Food & fitness for your consideration// The new superfood? Chia seeds go from ceramic miracle-grow hair to Amazon warrior staple
Chia Seeds, like Will Smith, will forever be associated with it’s original jingle, “Cha-cha-cha CHIA!” and “Now this is a story all about how…” respectively. But despite the humble beginnings, both have grown up into something pretty spectacular.
Will is now one of the top-grossing actors of our time and chia seeds are now being hailed an ancient superfood. Intrigued by this sudden rise to stardom, I bought myself a package of truRoots Organic Chia Seeds for a little under $10 at my local natural foods store and tested it out myself. According to the package, these tiny chia seeds absorb and expand when mixed with liquid, giving them a unique texture comparable to the beads in tapioca or caviar. I added a tablespoon of seeds to a few ounces of almond milk and ten minutes later I had myself a savory snack.
- When added to other foods they make you feel fuller with less because they contain soluble fiber
- Regulates conversion of carbs into sugar, resulting in greater endurance
- Mayan’s named the seed ‘chia’, Mayan for ‘strength,’ because their running messengers carries a small pouch with them for sustained energy
- Also high in iron, protein, anti-oxidants and calcium
- Contains enough essential fatty acids to replace your fish oil supplement
- Helps you retain hydration longer since they absorb 9-12 times their weight in water
Surprisingly absent of much flavor, these little seeds are a great vehicle for creamy or sweet liquids. One of my favorite ways to have chia seeds currently is for breakfast. See a yummy recipe below by food blog @ Home with Gina C [click for full recipe]
All of these benefits are great on a daily basis, but if you’re an endurance rider, these may appeal to you especially. Lasting energy and hydration packed into a small seed that expands when added to water; it’s the perfect mid-ride nosh that is light and easy. Come summer I plan on packing my own 2 tablespoons of seeds with me on the long, early rides.
Give Chia a try, let us know what you think! It is truly a win-win situation; if you don’t like them you can always sprout some on a ceramic for a lovely home accent!