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The Wonders of Chia Seeds

Posted in Uncategorized by Pulse Health Screening on May 20, 2013
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Chia seeds are gaining recognition in the UK as a superfood.

Here are 13 reasons to eat chia:
1. Chia is gluten free
2. It is  high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon.
4. It contains 20% protein
5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges
9. It contains three times more iron than spinach
10. It contains twice the potassium content of a banana
11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails
12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it ideal for diabetics)
13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.

How to eat it:

+ Sprinkle it raw onto almost any food
+ Add it to breakfast cereals, salads and soups
+ Add it to bread and muffin recipes
+ Mix with water or coconut water to form a thick gel
+ Add to a smoothie (see recipe below)

Chia seeds are available from Detox Your World.

Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

What you need:

1 banana or berries (thawed frozen berries are good)

1 cup of coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk (from supermarket) topped up with water to make 250mls

1 tablespoon each of cashew nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds/flaxseeds and chia seeds  ground in a coffee grinder and added to the liquid.

1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder 

1 teaspoon maca powder (for balancing hormones)

Sprinkling of cinnamon powder (helps blood sugar)

1 teaspoon of flax oil 

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

These quantities are approximate.

Put all of the ingredients in a liquidiser and blitz until combined.  Leave for a few minutes before drinking to allow the chia seeds or flax seeds to make the liquid thicken.

If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can soak the nuts and seeds overnight and then strain. They should blend into the smoothie when liquidised.

Bon appetit