Chia, how super is this super food? Many nutrition experts believe chia seeds top the list of functional foods because of their wholesome nutritional properties, it is able to provide an excellent source of phyto-nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids (α-Linolenic acid), anti-oxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber and essential minerals; calcium, phosporous, iron, manganese, and magnesium.
What does this mean? Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities. Studies have found that that ALA and other omega 3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory actions help lower risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Adequate quantities of omega-3’s in the diet are essential for maintenance of the nervous system and healthy joints.
*Recipe is makes up 4.5 cups of chia pudding, you can happily store it in the fridge up to 5 days.
- 1/2 a cup of Chia seeds
- 2 1/4 cups almond milk
Optional flavouring to add on
- 2 Teaspoonfuls of honey
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine chia seeds, almond milk and any additional flavourings of your choosing into a pot bringing it to slow boil, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off the stove once large bubbles appear, cover, and let the chia sit until it cools.
- Place the mixture in a container and let it set in the fridge until ready to use. You can eat it as is, add it into smoothies, or even better with fruits and yoghurt for breakfast or a midday snack.
NB – Chia seeds can absorb up to 27 times their weight in water. This posed a problem for one man with a history of swallowing problems who, doctors say, developed an esophageal obstruction after eating a tablespoon of chia seeds dry and trying to wash them down with a glass of water. The seeds formed a thick gel in his esophagus that he was unable to swallow down without medical treatment. Although this case was rare, please do try and avoid consuming chia seeds dry.