Monday, 18 August 2014

Chia Seed

If you're vegan or a health nut, you've more than likely heard of Chia seed. I've been using them for over 2 years now and it dawned on me, why haven't I written a blog post on them yet?

Chia seed has been dubbed a super food, but they get stuck in your teeth- nobody's perfect.

Packed full of omegas, fiber, protein and antioxidants, and being able to boost the nutritional value of almost anything you add it to, there isn't really any reason you shouldn't be using Chia in your diet. 

What do you do with Chia?

- One of the most popular ways to getting Chia into your daily diet is by adding it to water. A great property of Chia is that it will fill you up for longer, meaning you can have it before you exercise, with water, and it will see you though. 

- Add Chia to baking to make you feel like your chocolate brownies are a little bit healthy.

- Another good way to use Chia in baking, is as an egg replacer. By adding a couple of teaspoons to some water, you can see how Chia gelatinises. This properly makes it a wonderful binder.

- And of course, you can add Chia to any meal/salad/smoothie you make. Adding texture, boosting nutrition and helping with the cooking process. 

 Why should you be eating Chia?

- It's a great source of omega 3, brilliant for veggies and people with fish allergies.   

-Chia fills you up for longer. Mixing a teaspoon with your breakfast will see you through until lunch, easily.

-Packed full of protein and dietary fiber, Chia, ups the nutritional value of anything you're eating. 

-Almost all of the carbs in Chia seed are fiber. This mixed with their ability to make you feel fuller, makes Chia great for weight loss.  

-It's versitle. Chuck some Chia in brownies, smoothies, salads, pastas, all manner of puddings and sauces. 

Chia seed really should be a staple in everyone's diet, vegan or not. Granted it's not cheap, but for such a wonderful nutritious food, Chia seed is 100% worth it. 

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