Fit Recipes – Chia Seeds: An Ancient Food Makes a Comeback

Chia Seeds: An Ancient Food Makes a Comeback
Johnathan Zamora

You may have seen these seeds before in the form of Chia pets, but these seeds offer so much more than being an indoor novelty.
What are Chia Seeds?
An edible seed that is a member of the mint family, there is evidence that these seeds were a regular part of the Aztec warrior diet. Among other foods, the Aztecs used Chia seeds to help stimulate saliva flow, relieve joint pain and sore skin. This seed, far more rich in Omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed, is making a comeback and rapidly gaining popularity for its versatility in the kitchen.

What’s so special about Chia seeds?
In addition to containing 46 calories per tablespoon; 3g polyunsaturated fat; 3g of fiber and 1g of protein; chia seeds are so high in antioxidant levels that the seeds do not deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. Also, these seeds do not need to be ground in order for the nutrients to be digested, making them a perfect addition to smoothies, cereal and salads. Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Niacin and Zinc are among the minerals that can be found in this up and coming nutritional superstar.

How do I use them?
Add 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds to almost any dish to boost nutritional value. One of my favorite recipes is this Chocolate Pudding dessert that is out of this world!

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:
4 Tbs. Chia seeds
2 cups Almond Milk (plain)
2 scoops Chocolate Pro V 60
6 oz. Greek yogurt, fat free
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
fat-free whipped topping

Method of Preparation:
1. Combine milk and chia seeds into a large bowl for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thickened.
2. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well.
3. Divide into 6 portion cups and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add a dollop of whipped topping before serving.

Johnathan Zamora
The Fit Chef

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