Chia has been a must-have in my kitchen for some time now. I choose it because it’s one of the healthiest foods in the world, full with nutrients that help body and mind functions, but most of all because of their interesting taste and the fact that they can absorb up to 10 times as much water as they weigh.
Chia means “power” in ancient Mayan
Even a tiny serving (28 g) contains:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams (14% GDA)
Fat: 9 grams (of which 5 grams Omega-3)
Calcium: 18% GDA
Plus: zinc, niacin, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2.
Chia seeds contain a decent amount of anti-oxidants (i.e. fights free-radicals which cause us to age faster).
It’s quite stunning, especially regarding the fact that one serving (28 g) is only 137 kcal.
Such serving (28g or 2 tablespoons) is enough to cover 1/3 of our daily needs for important minerals.
Subtracting the fiber, a serving of chia is only 101 kcal.
40% of chia is fiber!
Rich in Omega-3!
Decrease the risk of vascular and heart diseases!
I hope that all above will encourage you to use those tiny miracles in your kitchen more frequently!
And today, because it’s a weekend, I’d like to show you breakfast chia. It’s good to prepare it a day before, so that chia seeds could plump properly. I hope that my Saturday acai version will align with your taste buds and take you to the tropical forests of South America.
- 1 cup of milk for instance this klik
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tsp acai berries extract
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- Favorite fruits for decoration; in my case: raspberries, nectarines and grapes
Divide the milk into two jars. Add 1,5 tbs of chia seeds and 1 tsp of agave syrup to each and acai extract to one of them. Close the jars and shake. Shake the jars every 15 minutes for at least 1 hour. Then put into the fridge.
Cool in the fridge overnight.
Next morning, take the jars out of the fridge, decorate with fruits and voila!