Chia seeds – originally grown in Mexico, they were valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value; important food for the Aztecs and Mayans! They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy; in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy for endurance, they were known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle; just 1 spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours! So that shows why Chia Seeds have become very popular superfoods!
Chia Seeds benefits:
- excellent source of healthy omega fatty acids (700% more than salmon)
- contains easily digestible protein
- energy and metabolism booster
- more antioxidants than flax seeds or blueberries
- 100% more essential amino acids than salmon
- contains 500% more calcium than milk, and boron which help metabolize calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for healthy growth – stronger bones and muscles
- promoting healthy skin and reducing signs of aging
- they’re high in essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and niacin
- nutritional booster for expectant mothers – amazing for mother’s and baby’s health, with the essential omega 3 fatty acids for bran’s development
Chia seeds are a very versatile ingredient that can be easily incorporated to most of your meals, sweet and savoury like: juices, smoothies, raw soups, porridge, and many desserts. You can grind or soak them and this is the best way to access their vitamins and minerals so your body can fully benefit from the nutrients. My favourite way to use chia seeds is to make smoothies and desserts, so I’m sharing Chia Pudding as my Valentine’s Day treat in this Love Week!
Chia & Raw Cacao Pudding
“Cacao, the food of the Gods”
0.5l almond, coconut or hazelnut milk sweetened with 5-7 dates (blend together and adjust the sweetness to your taste) you can also add a small banana, 7 tbsp of chia seeds, 2 tbsp raw cacao powder, 1tsp vanilla (optional), 1 tbsp lucuma (optional), desiccated coconut or hemp seeds, raw cacao nibs and goji berries to decorate.
Prepare the chia seeds and raw cacao powder in a glass bowl and pour the milk in, use a whisker and mix really well for about a minute or two, make sure all the seeds are included; they easily stick together. Leave for about 2-4 hours to set and for the seeds to expand. When you soak them, they release the enzyme inhibitors that protect seeds and grains. Decorate with raw cacao nibs, goji berries and coconut and enjoy it!
Chia & Carob Pudding
This Chia & Carob Pudding is wonderful for kids, just replace raw cacao with carob!
These Raw Chia Puddings are packed with nutrients, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins; quick and easy to make. They are amazing options to welcome your guests, serve to children or treat yourself!
Happy Valentine’s Day and Love Week!