Our superfood of the month this month is Chia. Chia seeds are “super” because they deliver a maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.
Chia seeds were historically eaten by Mayan and Aztecs people and got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.”
Chia seeds were considered to be almost magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.
Adding just two tablespoons of the seeds to your oatmeal or smoothie in the morning will double the fiber intake of the average North American and will give you approximately seven grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.
That same two tablespoons of chia seeds provides four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven in increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health.
A mere 3½ tablespoons contains as much omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon. Chia is one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 in any food.
Consuming chia before a meal reduces hunger and satisfies for hours. Chia also makes for a great breakfast drink. It delivers 18% of your daily value of calcium per ounce, which is three times more than skim milk.
Recipe: Chia Pudding
- 2 cups almond milk
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon date paste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
Let set in refrigerator overnight. Dish up into bowls and top with fresh fruit and our Mile High granola for an awesome breakfast treat that will keep you grooving all day long.
Of course, if you’re in too much of a morning hurry to make chia pudding of our own, you can always come in and enjoy a bowl of our delectable chia pudding that we combine with our creamy coconut whip cream to make a truly decadent, energizing, satisfying breakfast of champions!