We love chia seeds (salvia hispanica) in the FitFood Kitchen! We use them in our Quinoa Kale and Courgette Burgers. Where they work to bind the ingredients together and obviously they are the star ingredient in our chia seed puddings.
Read our superfood chia facts below to find out why these tiny little seeds are something everyone should be including in their diet!
1. Your Skin & Aging
Chia seeds are one of nature’s richest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants speed up the skins repair system and prevent more damage from free-radicals. So basically, eating chia seeds can prevent premature aging.
2. Digestive Health:
Chia gives you almost 11 grams of fibre per ounce and one serving will give you your recommended fibre allowance for the day. Fiber is essential for our digestive health as it balances insulin levels. A rich fibre content also helps us feel fuller quicker!
3. Heart Health:
Chia seeds’ have the ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol, and lower blood pressure – all essential for heart health. Also, Omega 3’s work to protect the heart by lowering our blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation – all of which put a strain on the heart. And chia seeds contain more Omega 3 than salmon
4. Energy and metabolism
Studies have shown that adding a serving of chia seeds a day, you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat. They have also been found to have the same performance boosting effect as a sugar-laden sports drink would, but without all the unhealthy sugars and additives.
5. Build Muscle and Lose Weight:
Chia seeds are one of the highest sources of plant based protein. So they are great for anyone wanting to gain lean muscle, burn fat and balance blood sugar levels. Chia seeds absorb up to 10 times their weight in water. Because of this, chia can prolong your hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes. This slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer