Chia seeds have been extracted from a plant growing in Mexico and South America for more than 3000 years BC.
Chia seeds were already used by the Aztecs. Ancient legends say that Aztec runners and soldiers could survive on 1 handful of chia seeds a day.
Chia seeds are a high-quality and nutrient-rich natural product. It is a source of protein, iron, calcium and magnesium. Iron helps ensure normal energy-yielding metabolism, helps reduce fatigue and weakness, and promotes normal functioning of the immune system. Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function, helps maintain healthy bones and teeth, and contributes to normal muscle function. Calcium is necessary for the normal growth and development of children's bones.
Chia seeds are a source of essential Omega 3 fatty acids. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. The beneficial effect is achieved by taking 2 g of ALA every day. Experts recommend using chia seeds especially in cases of body overload and stress, as they are able to prevent the lack of many essential substances. Chia seeds are an excellent natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, contain more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. They also contain a lot of magnesium, which helps prevent muscle cramps, so the seeds are recommended for athletes. It has a positive effect on blood glucose levels and also acts as an antioxidant. However, it is recommended for highly allergic people to be careful at first and observe the body's reaction before introducing chia seeds into their daily diet.
Don't overdo it with your daily dose - just enough 1-2 tablespoons a day.
How tastier? You can add them to cookies and other flour products instead of poppy seeds. You can add it to fresh salads or mix it into kefir or yogurt. You can also sprout the seeds and then add them to the salad. In water, the seeds swell to form a gel mass, which allows this product to be used as a binding agent in confectionery instead of eggs.
Energy Pudding: Mix 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with the juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed orange. Mix and swell for 15 - 20 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt. You can also pour in half a handful of blueberries or some other berry. Mix everything together. Enjoy this delicious charge of energy and vitamins!
Healthy smoothie: pour 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with water (about 4 tablespoons) and infuse for 15-20 minutes. Put the seeds in a blender, add about 300 ml of any liquid yogurt that tastes like buttermilk or pure culture. Add a banana if you want it thicker and richer. You can add berries, mango, kiwi, orange. What do you want so much? Everything is blended and drunk. Thanks to chia seeds, such a smoothie will give you energy and strength for a long time!
Nutritional value per 100 g: Energy value: 586 kcal/2437 kJ; Protein 16 g; Carbohydrates 44 g; Fat 31 yrs.
Country of origin: Paraguay