Life is all about little treats here and there. Ok, go ahead and call me wild but, chia became one of my daily treats this winter…. once I had driven to the mountain at a sparrows fart, I often snuck off to indulge in a cheeky chia pudding with my coffee. I love my green smoothies but sometimes in the cold they just don’t feel right. Layer upon layer I made these glorious puddings daily, soaked (I like water but a lot of people prefer coconut milk) chia with cinnamon, coconut yoghurt, kefir, berries or mangos and activated nuts. Let me hit you with some hard core chia information so you too become addicted to this quite remarkable food.
Chia seeds contain 40% healthy fats and up to 25% protein by their weight. One serving (28g) chia seeds has about 180mg of calcium (calcium intake recommendation for adults is 800 mg/day). Chia is also a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum and niacin.
Super high in antioxidants, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3. As well a lot of manganese and phosphorus, which are vital for healthy teeth and bones.
Like Brazil nuts, also chia seeds lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. Your big pink heart will thank you as diseases are less likely to occur with a diet which has a lot of good cholesterol (and small amounts of bad).
Chia is a superstar on the fibre content if compared to other fibre rich foods such as oatmeal. 100 grams of oatmeal includes 10 grams of fibre, while 28g (or less than 3 tablespoons of chia seeds) contains the same amount of fibre.
With your newly introduced chia seed pudding, you don’t need to eat too many carbohydrates to get enough fibre in your diet. Based on their high level of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are thought to help to ease inflammation and promote cardiovascular health. With their high level of antioxidants, chia seeds may help to reduce the risk of cancer. Last, their high fibre level suggest that they may have digestive health benefits and reduce the negative impact of sugar on blood sugar levels.
THUS - they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and dietary fibre. Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
AND THEY HELP YOU POO AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY!!!
Why might chia seeds help constipation? When chia seeds absorb water, they take on a gel-like consistency. This helps with optimal stool formation, in other words, keeping stools more moist and easy to pass. In addition, much of the fibre in chia seeds is soluble fibre. Soluble fibre is thought to be the more tolerable form of fibre for people who have IBS.
Chia Bible (to spout out at the next dinner party you are at - ——
15 x more magnesium than broccoli
8 x more omega-3 fatty acids than wild salmon
8 x more phosphorus than whole milk
6 x more protein than kidney beans
6 x more calcium than milk
3 x more selenium than flax seed
3 x more antioxidants than blueberries
3 x more iron than spinach
2 x more potassium than a banana
2 x more protein than any other seed
I can hear you squeaking with excitement. Get out there and make that pudding today xx And think of me as you pass that perfect poo.