Hello. My name Is Carson Keyes and am 12 years old. Over the past few years my family has done plenty of research on food ingredients. I personally understand the difference between being well and being sick. Read my story. I have researched one amazing superfood, the chia seed. You wouldn’t think a tiny black seed could have so much history and minerals! I hope you enjoy this topic and learn all about it.
Chia seeds are small black seeds that come from the plant, salvia hispanica which grows in South America. They have been used since ancient times, and are one of the most nutritious foods in the world. The Aztecs and Mayans used to use chia seeds to provide energy. “Chia” means strength. Chia seeds have been used for a long time, but only now they have become a popular, modern, superfood.
Chia seeds are packed with nutrients. In 1 ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds there are: 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (omega 3s), calcium, manganese, magnesium, & phosphorous. There is also: zinc, potassium, and B vitamins.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. They are also full of antioxidants. This is what protects the sensitive fats in the chia seed and prevent them from going rancid. Fiber is important and it does not raise your blood sugar. The fiber makes you feel full so you are no longer hungry.
Chia seeds are a great source of protein and can act as a substitute for people who eat little or no animal products. Chia seeds also help you to have energy while participating in physical activities. They also have a good balance of amino acids. The Protein & fiber in chia seeds is what provide energy and fill you up. As you can see, Chia seeds have various health benefits. Because chia seeds are bland, you can add them to almost anything. A few ways you can incorporate chia seeds into you diet are through: chia pods, grainless granola, or power balls. To buy chia seeds from amazon, click here.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons shredded or powdered unsweetened coconut
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon (or more) cinnamon
- ¾ - 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pour milk into a bowl
- Whisk in chia seeds
- Whisk in coconut, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup
- Portion into ¼ cup mason jars and refrigerate overnight
- When set, the consistency should be gelatinous like pudding
- If it is watery, stir in a bit more coconut and allow it to sit to absorb extra moisture