chia seeds in a metal measuring scoop and a text in vintage letterpress printing blocks against rustic wood

Chia seeds

Sticking to a gluten free diet can be frustrating at times, the most challenging part of my day is finding a breakfast that is quick and easy to make but also one that you can change from day to day without getting bored. I don’t eat cereal or toast as i get a reaction to both, so I usually start my day with a smoothie. I have recently discovered Chia seeds, if you leave them to soak up the liquid you put on them, (water or milk) they turn into like a tapioca consistency and with a few other ingredients can be served as a breakfast bowl or even a pudding.

 

What are Chia seeds?

Chia seeds are little seeds that come from a plant called salvia hispanica, which is part of the mint family, they are also naturally gluten free. Salvia hispanica is commonly found in South America. There is even evidence to suggest this plant was grown hundreds of years ago by the Aztecs and was level with maize in terms of it being used as a food source.

chia seeds salvia hispanica plant newly sprouting growing

What are the benefits of eating Chia seeds?

Chia seeds contain lots of different vitamins and minerals including;

  • Zinc
  • Fibre
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3

Can Chia seeds help you lose weight?

As well as being packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it is also said that Chia seeds can help with weight loss, this is supposedly due to the fact that they contain lots of fibre and protein which help keep you fuller for longer. I haven’t seen any definitive studies where this has been proven, so I can not say for sure that they can help you lose weight.

How do you eat Chia seeds?

Chia seeds are incredibly versatile and can easily be incorporated in to a gluten free diet, they don’t really have a flavour and are quite tasteless, so they are perfect for adding into dishes. They can be eaten raw, you can soak them in juice, milk or even water. Add them to porridge, cakes or serve as a pudding. Due to the fact that they absorb liquid you can use them to thicken up sauces, or even use as an egg substitute in lots of different recipes.

homemade chocolate chia pudding with strawberry

See our Chia seed recipes

 

 

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