Blog - Chia Seeds

By The Haven Team: 16 May 2016

Chia seeds are growing fast in popularity. Aztecs and Mayans used to use these tiny black and white seeds to boost their energy.

Where do they come from? From a plant relative of the mint called Salvia Hispanica, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. They really seem to be worthwhile having around. They help with your cravings by making you feel full for longer, they have heaps of nutrients and can be added into just about anything. They are also known to increase endurance, and are very high in protein, fibre, magnesium, calcium and mainly – Omega -3 Acids (Chia seeds contain more than salmon!).

Why don’t you try adding them to your morning cereal, salads or soups, to baked goods, even putting them in your yogurts and smoothies. They can also be used to thicken sauces and casseroles as they bulk up a little when soaked.

They can absorb a lot of water, which means that they help you feel full for longer. They have a crazy texture. Not dissimilar to poppy seeds but once water is added, they turn into slime. I understand why some might be put off.

So improve your iron intake and get your stamina with chia seeds. They are an excellent addition to your diet and can only make you healthier.

Beware, as with any super foods, long-term excessive use should be consulted with your nutritionist.