Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein, chia seeds are considered one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Believed to aid in heart and digestive health, this superfood also possesses the ability to stabilise blood sugar and maintain stronger bones and teeth. Here are some ways you can incorporate them into your lifestyle regimen.
As a soup or smoothie thickener
High in fibre, gluten-free and trans fat-free, they are great for cleansing and detoxing and are perfect when combined in food and drink recipes for a much needed energy boost, especially for breakfast.
Chia seeds can absorb up to ten times their weight in liquids so they are a great way to thicken soups or smoothies. This means it will leave you a feeling full for longer.
Superior Chia seeds are micro-sliced and not whole, so you won’t need to leave them overnight in water and they can be consumed within a few minutes of soaking.
As a DIY face mask
Chia seeds work as a great exfoliant and buffing agent. Their fatty acids will strengthen cell membranes, keeping away irritants and toxins. Instead, they would allow in water and nutrients, promoting healthy skin cells and tissue. They also work wonders on acne as they are rich in nutrients like zinc and fibre and their Omega 3 fatty acids promote quick acne healing as well.
Pamper yourself with a DIY chia seeds mask once a week by mixing two teaspoons of chia seeds with coconut oil and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply it to your face and leave for a few minutes to set. After 10 minutes, use a damp, warm washcloth to gently remove the mask in circular motions.
As a sweetener
Add a teaspoon of chia seeds into your favourite muffin or cake recipe to naturally sweeten the batter. You can also mix in a touch of unprocessed honey or agave syrup to further enhance the sweetness.
To keep you hydrated and feeling cool
Adding one tablespoon of chia seeds to a cup of coconut water will keep you hydrated and give you an all-natural boost of energy. You can also cool down with a homemade chia seeds lemonade by soaking 1.5 tablespoons of the seeds in two cups of cold water or sparkling water. Thereafter, add the juice from one lemon and sweeten with honey or agave syrup. Because of its hydrophillic properties, it is important to consume chia seed with plenty of liquid to ensure that the seeds are not soaking water internally from your body.