Chia seeds, those teeny-tiny little seeds that you see on the supermarket shelf, could they really overhaul your diet? We chat to Nutritional Therapist, Gabriela Peacock, to get the skinny on these super seeds.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
They’re oh-so tiny but oh-so mighty. “Chia seeds are highly nutritious and provide generous amounts of fibre, protein, fat, calcium, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium. They are also rich in Omega-3 fat.” says Gabriela Peacock. All those goodies can help lower cholesterol and help keep your heart healthy.
Are chia seeds good for weight loss?
In the run up to Summer, when we’re enevitabley going to have to throw on a bikini soon, it’s only natural for us to try and look our very best and get in shape. That’s where these little wonder seeds come in. “Since Chia seeds absorb about 10 times their weight in liquid, they expand in the stomach and make us feel full. They also slow the digestion of food, which means we are fuller for longer and this may help us eat fewer calories and lose weight.” says Nutritional Therapist, Gabriela.
Can chia seeds help me de-bloat?
“Chia seeds are rich in soluble fibre. This means that they are beneficial to the digestive tract and may help to alleviate symptoms of constipation.” Says Gabriela. “The beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut feed off healthy fibre, so chia seeds will help to keep these colonies strong.”
How do I eat chia seeds?
- Chia pudding: By taking around 4 tablespoons of chia seeds and soaking them in coconut, almond, soy or rice milk you can turn them into a jelly-like pudding. Add in a little honey, yoghurt or cocoa to sweeten and you are good to go.
- Chia salad: Simply sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds onto your salad to give it a yummy crunch.
- Chia Porridge: Stir in a tablespoon spoon of chia seeds to your cooked porridge.
- Chia smoothie or juice: Simply throw them into your morning smoothie, for an extra health kick.