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Chia Seeds Glossary |Health Benefits, Nutritional Information + Recipes with Chia Seeds | Viewed 4104 times

Also known as

Salvia hispanica

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seed is a very small seed, which is black and white in colour. An edible seed from the dessert plant Salvia hispanica, originally grown in Mexico, the chia seed is a nutrient-dense ingredient. It gives you a punch of energy! Chia means strength, and that speaks volume about its goodness.
It is a gluten-free whole grain, with a very mild, nutty flavour. The quickest way to have chia seeds is to add a tablespoon full of it to 8 to 10 ounces of water or juice. You can drink it right away, or let it sit for 10 minutes till the seeds start to gel. That gives the drink a wonderful mouth-feel.

How to select Chia Seeds

• Make sure the chia seeds have a blackish colour, as this indicates good quality.
• The poor quality ones would have turned slightly brownish yellow in colour.
• Chia seeds are available in dry fruit stores and gourmet food stores.

Culinary uses of Chia Seeds

• Chia seeds can be had just plain, mixed with water.
• Soaked chia seeds can be added to juices and smoothies to get a fabulous, gel-like texture.
• Energy Chia Seed Drink with Lime and Honey is a super tasty way to enjoy this wonder seed.
• Chia seeds can be used to garnish salads.
• It can also be added to curds.
• Chia seeds are a helpful ingredient to thicken sauces and gravies, and to make puddings.

How to store Chia Seeds

• Store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

• Chia seed is an easily-digestible little seed loaded with antioxidants (ALA), which trigger energy production in the body.
• It boosts energy, and is an amazing food for endurance athletes.
• It is also rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.
• One tablespoon of chia seeds, or about 12 grams, contains 2.1 grams of ALA, 4 grams of fibre, 2 grams of protein and 58 calories.