By Eugenia Nicole Macias
If you grew up in a Latinx household, you’ve most definitely seen, consumed, or cooked with Chia seeds. You may even remember them from the infamous ch-ch-ch-Chia Pet commercials. These powerful little seeds have been cultivated and used by our ancestors in Latin America for hundreds of years. In pre-Columbian times, these seeds were utilized by the Aztec and Mayans and played a vital role in their daily diets. But what exactly are they and what health benefits do they provide?
Chia is an edible seed that stems from the plant Salvia Hispanica, a member of the mint family. The word chia is derived from the word chian, which is a Nahuatl word that means oily. These seeds are packed with Omega-3’s (the good fatty acids) and are an incredible source of fiber and iron. They are a rich source of antioxidants, containing over four times the antioxidants as blueberries, twice the potassium as a banana and five times the calcium as milk! Chia seeds are the perfect substitute for eggs when it comes to plant-based recipes and also acts as a thickening aid for gluten / grain free recipes because of its gel-like consistency when mixed with water. When consumed, this reaction also takes place in the stomach, absorbing a considerable amount of water, it curbs hunger and suppresses your appetite. Adding chia to your daily diet also aids in pre-mature aging because of its high-antioxidant levels. Beautiful glowing skin? Yes, please!
How can you get a healthy and daily dose of Chia into your diet? Check out our simple and delicious Chia Fresca recipe below!
2 cups Water or Coconut Water
1 ½ tablespoons Chia Seeds
Juice from ½ Fresh Lemon or Lime
Sweetener to taste (½ tablespoon maple syrup)
Add chia seeds to water, stir and let sit for ten minutes.
Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste.
Y ya! Don’t forget to keep some floss handy, as these little seeds are prone to getting stuck in between teeth!
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