Remember the chia pet commercials? Same thing! Those are chia seeds! They sprout into microgreens, which you can add to salads or sandwiches, or just eat plain. They are similar to alfalfa sprouts in taste and texture. When eaten dry, chia tastes like a poppy seed. It is dense, small and has a crunch. Soaked chia seeds absorb liquid and become very plump, sweet and soft.
Chia seeds are considered a “superfood” and are loaded with healthy benefits.
Chia is a rich source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese as well as calcium and trace amounts of sodium and potassium, which all keep vital organs functioning properly.
Chia seeds also contain healthy antioxidants which may prevent cellular damage.
The chia seed is a rich source of Omega-3, and in fact, has more Omega-3 than flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain and heart function, promote healthy skin and hair and may prevent and treat certain mild types of depression.
Sprinkle chia seeds onto salads, soups, oatmeal, and yogurt. I add to into my smoothies too!
Chia absorbs 9-12 times its weight in water and can make a delicious pudding. Try my favorite recipe below!