Meet our latest superfood obsession: the mighty powerful Chia seed. Who knew such a tiny, inconspicuous seed could be so versatile, delicious and most of all, packed with so many health benefits?
The Chia seed is only just growing in popularity in our parts of the world, but for centuries, Chia has been a staple of the diet in ancient South American Aztec and Mayan cultures where the climate is just perfect for growing the seed. They recognised the nutritional power of the chia (literally means “strength” in Mayan) so it’s about time we’re finally discovering it as well… here’s why chia should be part of your daily diet:
Omega 3: Chia seed has 8 times the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids than salmon. A single spoonful will give you your daily intake. Perfect for people like myself who don’t like to eat a lot of fish.
Dietary fibre: Chia has even more fibre than flax seed, at almost 40g per 100g – great for digestion.
Protein: 20% is protein. It’s a perfect way to pack in your protein – especially important for runners and athletes – without having to eat things like eggs and chicken for breakfast. It can even be used as egg replacement, just combine with water to form a gel and use instead of eggs in recipes.
Calcium: boasts 5 times more calcium than milk – take that, lactose intolerance! Strong bones & teeth just by eating your dose of Chia…
Minerals & Vitamins: packed full of goodness like magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin C, potassium and tons more.
In short, this miracle seed has the power to help your body in so many different ways, it’s almost silly not to have it. It can help build muscle, keep bones strong, fill you with protein and fibre, keep you full, can lower cholesterol, and so much more. Taking it in can be done in so many ways: simply sprinkling over cereal, adding to smoothies or salads, eating a pure spoonful – or you can try using it as an ingredient. As mentioned, it can be used as an egg replacement, used for baking and much more.
We’ve been cooking up a Chia storm in the Fashercise kitchen lately, and we wanted to share one of our favourite, easy recipes with you. Chia seeds can make a great porridge, and we’ve come up with a sugar free, gluten free, dairy free porridge that’s so good it’ll leave you licking the bowl, promise.
CHIA COCONUT PORRIDGE
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp Stevia sweetener
1 tbsp coconut flakes
chopped fruit of choice (we used peach)
1// Put all the ingredients (except for the fruit) in a pan and bring to the boil. Lower temperature and cover, leave to simmer for 15-20 mins until you reach desired consistency. Add more or less coconut milk if you want it more solid or creamy.
2// Pour into bowls with chopped fruit, enjoy right away or put in the fridge too cool which will make it more consistent like a pudding.
Done. It’s really that easy.
It’s perfect for breakfast or even as a dessert – you’ll wow your guests and they’ll have no idea how simple it is to make it. Add mango, peach, kiwi, berries, banana… whatever you fancy! Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top to finish it off.