CHIA SEEDS

The name Chia is Mayan for strength or strengthening. Ancient Aztec Warriors were thought to have used them as rations, one teaspoon providing sustenance for 24 hours! Chia seeds are packed with so much nutritional goodness you could live off them almost entirely. These amazing little seeds have countless health benefits and are just so easy to include in your own and your children’s food. What’s really interesting about them is that they absorb 12 times their weight in fluid, to form a thick, gel like texture. 

So if you needed any more convincing,  here’s a few more reasons why you should add this powerful superfood to your kids (and your own) smoothies, yoghurt, breakfast cereal or baking.

 

Chia Seeds - Nutritional Content

20% protein, with all the 8 essential amino acids

Four times the antioxidant levels of blueberries. Chia Seeds are so high in antioxidants that they stay fresh for 2 years when kept at room temperature.

Five times more calcium than milk

Seven times more vitamin C than oranges

Three times more iron than spinach 

Twice the potassium content of banana

Eight times more omega 3 than salmon, making it a super food for the brain and heart

Fifteen times more magnesium than brocolli

 

Cooking with Chia

Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.

Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! Divide the amount of butter or oil in half, and then use the same amount of chia gel to fill in. Try them in your favourite cake or biscuit recipe.

To make Chia gel, combine 1/3 cup chia seeds and 2 cups of water. Put the chia seeds and the water into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Make sure the lid is properly closed. Shake until the seeds are blended with the water then set aside for 10 minutes. Shake it again or open the jar and whisk contents before eating. You don't need to do this every time, just do it this first time before use. Store your chia gel and it will keep well for a week.

Sprinkle some on your breakfast cereal, add to your favourite smoothie

The great thing about chia seeds is they can be added to almost any recipe. The only limiting factor is your imagination.

 

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Regulates Blood Sugar Levels. The unique gelling action keeps you feeling full for hours, ensuring a steady, constant energy throughout your day.

Its high soluble and insoluble fibre content keeps the digestive system moving.

Helps lower cholesterol

 

Chia Recipes

 Raw Chia Cacao Squares

Blend in food processor:

1/4 Pesticide Free Chia seeds

1 cup organic pepitas

1 cup raw organic macadamias

1/2 cup organic sesame seeds

1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds

1/2 cup organic shredded coconut & 1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder.

When dry ingredients are processed add;

1/2 cup organic maple syrup

1/4 cup organic coconut oil

1 cup raw organic macadamia butter

Blend until ingredients come together, then press into lightly oiled 9x3 glass cake pan. Chill for several hours, cut into squares and serve.
(from www.powersuperfoods.com.au)

 

Superfoods Healthy Banana Breakfast Cake 

Ingredients

4 organic free range eggs

1 cup organic rice milk

2/3 rds cup of organic olive oil

5 tablespoons of organic raw sugar

1 tbls organic cinnamon

7 tablespoons chia seeds

1.5 cups of organic cooked red or white quinoa

3.5 cups of organic wholemeal spelt flour ( you can choose any flour you like)

4 small organic bananas mashed

2 heaped teaspoons baking soda

Directions

Beat eggs and mash bananas with fork, add oil, rice milk, chia seeds and cooked quinoa. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, sugar, baking soda and sift in flour. Mix well with a fork.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and mix well with a fork.

This mixture makes enough for two rectangle cake loaf tins (use silicone bakeware or Pyrex, stay clear of non-stick teflon coatings)

Bake for 45 mins on 175 degrees.

 Note: this cake is very heavy and dense, more a bread than a cake.

You can also freeze the spare one and defrost it when needed overnight in the fridge.

(recipe from www.livingsafe.com.au)

 

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