What is chia and what’s all the fuss?

A while ago I discovered the amazing Rebecca Kane of Shine on Raw and I have since followed her 30 day programme to introduce more raw food into my daily routine.  As part of this I discovered chia seeds.  So what is chia and how do you use it?

They are amazing little seeds with some huge health benefits as this article from the Huffington Post shows – the most notable being that they are high in protein and fibre, they can help manage type 2 diabetes through slowing down digestion and they are high in omega 3 which has proven benefits in managing depression and harmful belly fat.  Pretty amazing properties for a tiny seed!

I love them for breakfast.  I mix a couple of tablespoons of whole seeds with some milk (preferably almond or soya) or water and leave them in the fridge overnight and then mix up some fruit in the morning – great with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in the summer or try with apple and a pinch of cinnamon in the winter.  I  have heard it described as crunchy frogspawn – probably not the most appealing of images! and it does go a bit slimy – but it delicious, easy to prepare and eat and gives you a great start to the day.

My other favourite option is to mix it up with some raw cacao powder, some sweetener of your choice and make a delicious, chocolatey pudding!  The only warning is that cacao powder is rather stimulating and so it is probably best avoided in the evening.

 

 

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