Why Chia Seeds?

by Vashte on September 29, 2014

superfood- weightloss – fatloss – vegan- detox- raw- healthyeating – all natural- glutenfree

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Chia seeds have received a rise in popularity again since  hhmmm about 2008-2009- if you ask me.  That was when the health food stores started seeing more brands coming on board, more marketing and then, as a result of that marketing.. more demand. Stands to reason- supply and demand. Today you can buy chia seeds from the supermarkets. You find them in the health food sectiona section that is growing faster than many other sections in the supermarkets as more companies understand that you and I are eduating ourselves and no longer demanding spoon feeding.

Chia is almost a household ingredient… almost, but not quite… but …why are we demanding it?

Well.. its one of those…‘ superfoods ‘.. right? So it ‘must’ be good for us- so we want it. … That is pretty much how it goes isn’t it?  “I heard it was good for me so I want it.”  “My friend puts some in her smoothies and she feels great. I want to feel great too. ” ‘” Someone said it helps with weightloss -I will have that too. ” You know the story.

I thought I would pop down a few facts I found for you to peruse over as to why I use chia in my foods, and why I have found it good for me. Yes, I do think chia is a great ingredient in the pantry. Pretty much any day you come to my house you will likely find some either in my pantry unopened or in the fridge- (that is where I keep most opened product due to humidity and weevils..such is life in QLD) .. lol. or you will find foods that that I have made and have frozen ready for eating – with chia in! Yes chia is a friend to my body and mind! Love it!

The good stuff:

100g chia provides:

  • 9x more omega 3 than salmon and zero mercury! Bonus!!
  • 2 x more protein than 3 eggs
  • 2 x more fibre than oats and ZERO GLUTEN
  • 5 x more calcium than a glass of milk and ZERO PUS!!!

So as a celiac- of which I am, and many people are although most do not know it – it is highly beneficial for me to choose not to eat gluten/grains (due to the gross genetic modification and gluten content) as well as choose not to consume most dairy products esepcailly milky, processed, pasturised pus filled milk and cream. Chia can give me what you think I am missing out on!! Yay!

100gm of chia is a truck load though- don’t go out and stick 100 gm of chia in a glass and drink it- you will explode! Chia, when coming into contact with fluid produces a gel like substance around the chia seed. It is pretty cool to watch. Place a teaspoon  in your glass bottle of water, some lemon, shake it up and leave it for an hour- you will see how the chia ‘expands’ and results in a gel like substance – a bit like little frogs eggs lol. Drink throughout the day! I do, it keeps me full between meals as well as keeping my mind alert, and my energy high providing me with nutrients without ‘eating’ a meal. Perfect.

Chia is high in :

  • fibre
  • calcium,
  • complete protein
  • amino acids
  • slowly processed carbohydrates
  • and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3

Chia seeds added to meals and drinks can:

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  • boost energy
  • improve brain, heart and skin health
  • thicken soups and casseroles instead of flour based thickeners- or thickeners filled with fillers.

Chia keeps me healthy from the inside out. And that is the only way to achieve true health- from the inside out.

Chia are called a ‘superfood ‘ yes- but don’t fall into the ‘superfood’ trap. Keep it real. Superfood is now a term that is coined by those clever marketers to sell you more of what you don’t really need. In this case- ‘superfood’ is a good term to use. The benefits from chia are outstanding. The Mayan’s are believed to have, in times of scarce solid food, only consumed chia and water and been able to run for days.  So great for running!! lol!!

Chia are said to be a complete superfood as they are supposed to be the richest plant based source of omega 3, protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants.  And because of their high fibre content they keep the body feeling fuller for longer which can result in eating less as the body feels full. When the body is filled with nutrients dense food(of which chia is)  the brain switches of the ‘hunger trigger’- so the mind moves away from being all consumed with food too. Make sense?  This can help  with weightloss/ fatloss – and sanity!

So all this said and told, I think chia is fabulous for the yummy and delicious foods I can make with it as well!!

Chia can be used as a breakfast.. in homemade cereals (grain free and nut free if  you, like me prefer grain free, sugarfree and often nut free foods…)

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Chia pots- which can be eaten any time of the day as well as a desert.. certainly beats all those horrible refined sugar options out there!! As a breakfast pot this will keep you going till lunch easy!!! Watch the 10am sugar crash disappear without you even thinking about it! Goodbye ‘diets’.

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Chia in soups and casseroles to thicken them up.

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Chia in bliss balls/protein balls (chia is high in plant based protein)/truffles.

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If you want to detox your body as so many people seem determined to do these days .. instead of buying some packaged premade juice drinks delivered to your door …containing preservatives to keep them looking pretty for longer. Or instead of buying into the latest and great scam I have heard of in a long time.. marketed as a detox system– selling you low quality whey protein drinks overflowing with poor quality ingredients/fillers and …SUGAR….

Why don’t you just pop on down to the supermarket or health shop and get yourself some fabulous gelatinous plant foods like… hmmm oh I know… chia!!! or aloe vera or and seaweed!!!. All natural just the way God made them.

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These foods form the gel- the gelatinous fibre- in fluid. This gelatinous fibre moves through the intestinal tract absorbing and binding waste. They particularly absorb bile salts produced by the liver (oooh a liver detox type thing….); taking with them fat soluble toxins (sounds good yes?) that the body needs and wants to get rid of. Without foods such as chia, aloevera and or seaweed – all foods that produce this fabulous gel- the body finds it very hard to rid itself of the toxins we consume or absorb. When the body can’t pass toxins, the toxins get dumped…into fat cells… and the more crap we eat, the poorer our lifestyle choices.. the more we produce fat cells as we need a place to dump toxins.. which eventually turn into more  insidious things if left uncleared…. The small intestine is where it all starts, when foods/toxins are left there- they are just reabsorbed back into the body.- This is bad.

We need to release all toxins so they do not pollute the body.

Drinking pre made juice, proteins, whey or non dairy, as ‘detoxes’ just does not compute. Don’t waste that $600 odd a month on some MLM scheme no matter how amazing they say they feel. Just wait till they start back on real food again!! Or check back on them in 5- 10 years time- and see who is the healthy one..or who is still actually around….

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Eat loads of green veges.. bought from your local farmers markets, or permaculture farm.. they are everywhere- you just need to have a squiz for them. Now they are just as reasonable in price as the supermarkets if you are buying in season. Stop demanding all foods all year round. It just isn’t natural! We are seasonal for a reason! So enjoy the foods that are available in season and watch your body detox naturally, and easily!

I hope this gives you an idea of why I dig chia seeds! You are welcome to comment or ask me questions!

My info comes from a documentary I sell – if you want it- let me know and I will get you a copy Expand your knowledge and resources- empower yourself. Take back the control. ONE LIFE LIVE IT WELL!!!!

Here’s to your health and a better world for you, and your children’s children.

Keeping health real, realistic and attainable for everyday people xx

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Christie Collins September 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Awesome Vashte.

I knew some of the Great benefits of chia, and I put it in nearly Everything but it was good to have all that info here – I just read it to my aunt who’s liver function tests are always high and she is going to introduce chia into her diet, to help pass though some of those toxins.

Thanks for the nutritional info, keep it coming on anything anytime 😀

CC.

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Vashte September 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

:) thanks Christie xx

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