BGO Ecoshop now stocks Chia seeds, a superfood that is packed with antioxidants, protein, omega-35, omega-65, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium.
Chia seeds are harvested from the Chia plant and native to Mexico. They are naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids (even higher than flax seeds).
In the book “Born to run” by Christopher McDougall, chia seeds were mentioned in making a “Home made Red-Bull” called Iskiate* or “chia fresca”). One tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours!
Excerpt from “Born to run“:
If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you couldn’t do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease; after a few months on the chia diet, you could probably swim home. Chia was once so treasured, the Aztecs used to deliver it to their king in homage. Aztec runners used to chomp chia seeds as they went into battle, and the Hopis fueled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean.
* Refer to our site here for Iskiate recipe.
Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength; these seeds have been consumed as a healthy energy sustaining food for centuries. Chia naturally contains the highest percentage of omega-3 of any commercially available source.
This healthy whole food has a very mild flavour and can go with just about any recipe. Chia seeds form a gel-like outer coat when soaked in water and these made them easily digestible and outstanding for raw cereals, smoothies and just about any soups or drinks.
How to eat Chia seeds
- Eat them straight out of the bag.
- Add them to water or jiuce. Stir the chia well to break up any clumps, let sit for a few minutes before drinking.
- Sprinkle the seeds in salads or soups, add them to casseroles, or bake them into bread and cakes.
Why eat Chia seeds?
✓ Excellent Source of Omega-3
✓ High in Antioxidants
✓ High in Dietary Fibre
✓ Good Source of Complete Protein
✓ Good Source of Iron, Calcium and Magnesium
✓ Low Glycemic Index (GI)
✓ Naturally free of cholesterol