Chia seeds are tiny little seeds that most people don’t know much about. At Victus Foods, they have almost become a staple because of the many benefits of chia. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids and they have just enough protein and fiber to make a healthy breakfast or snack. Not only that, with thoughtful preparation and the addition of flavorful ingredients, chia is delicious!
They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids
One of the many benefits of chia seeds is that they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the functioning of your body. These fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial for heart health, brain health, skin health and eye health. Omega-3’s also play an important role in the development of a baby’s vision while they’re still in utero.
In addition, omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. But there’s more! Omega-3 fatty acids may also be helpful in preventing blood clots from forming, which could be a big deal when it comes to preventing stroke or heart attack.
They deliver plenty of fiber and protein
Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and calcium. These nutrients are known to help with bone growth and muscle development. Fiber has numerous benefits connected to digestion, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Antioxidants protect your cells from damage. There are plenty of benefits of chia and that is why there has been an increase in consumption.
Chia seeds are often touted as a superfood. Some of the health benefits of chia, include: heart health and cholesterol reduction, skin improvement and anti-aging properties, bone strength and joint flexibility improvement, and brain function stimulation (including memory).
One of the biggest benefits of chia is that it can be used in a variety of ways
Aside from the nutritional benefits, chia seeds are flavorless, making them an ideal ingredient to use in a variety of culinary delights. One of our favorite uses at Victus Foods is chia pudding. We have created numerous variations including lemon blueberry, may flower, raspberry cacao, strawberries and cream, pumpkin pie, and the list goes on and on. Chia pudding can be eaten for breakfast, snacks, and even for dessert.
Eating them raw is always an option. They have a crunchy texture that can be amazing to top off a salad. They can also be added to your favorite granola or be used as a topping on oatmeal and smoothies.
If you have a spice grinder, you can easily pulverize these little seeds and utilize them in snacks, breads, cakes, pancakes and other baked goods. Vegans can rejoice as well because there are numerous recipes where you can substitute chia for eggs. To substitute for 1 egg, soak 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of chia seeds in 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of water.
The options for chia seem endless. Start by trying one of our latest chia recipes. You will be amazed at the versatility and deliciousness of the ingredient.
The benefits of chia have been known since ancient times
As early as 3500 BCE, the Aztec were cultivating chia to include in their diet, medicines, and religious practices. Along with other Latin and South American Civilizations, the Aztec ground chia into flour, mixed it into drinks, and pressed it for oil. Imagine, even thousands of years ago people knew how amazing this little seed was and still is.
If you haven’t tried this versatile food yet, let Victus Foods show you how delicious it is and you can enjoy all the benefits of chia seeds.