Chia (pronounced “chee-ah”) seeds are collected from a plant that originated in Central America. These seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Since they are seeds and not grains, chia is also a source of protein. However, in my opinion, chia’s claim to fame is definitely their fibre content. In only one tablespoon of chia, there are 5 grams of soluble and insoluble fibre!
In addition to not having much of a taste, the above characteristics make chia a fabulous addition to salads, shakes and even things like pancakes. The fibre will work to control blood sugar and promote healthy digestion. Chia kicks muffins up a notch and the seeds can be mixed with water and used as an egg “replacer” in baking!
Give chia a try!
Fun Fact: Remember Chia pets? Yep, it’s the same chia!