CHIA SEEDS FACTSHEET
A natural superfood, chia seeds are high in fibre and Omega-3s, and make excellent natural nutritional supplements.
Add to homemade muesli and snack mixes for extra crunch and a nutty flavour, or use to top cereals and desserts. You can also incorporate seeds in your cooking and baking for added nutrition. Check out some other amazing facts that you may not have known about this wonder seed!
The secret of chia seeds is that once moistened, they form a thick gel which bulks up meals and makes them more substantial – taking a long time to digest and thus keeping you fuller for longer without adding significant calories. Add to smoothies, sprinkle over breakfast cereals – just a teaspoonful or two is enough.
Try this chia and flax smoothie made with chia seeds, flax seeds, almond milk and lucuma.
Chia seeds are 20% protein, which is comparable to fish. Protein helps you to stay fuller for longer, thus contributing to chia seeds’ extraordinary ability to stave off hunger.
Chia seeds make a great alternative to omega-3 supplements, and a fantastic source of omega oils if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The fibre content of chia seeds, together with the “gel effect” described above, helps to regulate your digestive system.
Eat a handful of chia seeds before running or exercising – they make a filling snack!
If you eat chia seeds on their own, always accompany them with a glass of water for best results.
Check out our chia seed recipes! Including Tina’s Chia Choc Pudding, Chia Chomp Bars and much more!
|Typical Values||Per 100g|
|_of which sugars||0.8g|
|_of which saturates:||2.6g|
|_of which n-3 fats (Omega 3)||16.7g|
|__n-6 fats (Omega 6)||4.8g|
|__n-9 fats (Omega 9)||1.6g|