This tiny grain, thought to be eaten by Aztec warriors before battle to enhance their endurance, is packed full of nutrition. Rich in omega-3, protein, antioxidants, minerals, fibre, calcium and iron, chia is an excellent food for active people. The seeds are easy to digest and are an ideal food before and after exercise due to their slow sustained release of energy and high-quality protein aiding recovery.
So how to eat them.
As a breakfast cereal soak a quarter cup of seeds in a cup of water and soak for at least 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Add fruits, nut milk and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Grind them and add to soups, stews and salads.
Make a ‘chia egg’ to replace eggs in baking using a 1:4 ratio, 1 Tbl chia to 4 Tbl water.
Or simply add several tablespoons of seeds to your favourite juice or smoothie and mix well. You’ll quickly notice the seeds form a gel when mixed with liquid, which increases their weight and size keeping you full for longer.