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10 Things To Know About Chia Seeds

03/11/2016 10:27 EST | Updated 03/12/2017 05:12 EDT

What are chia seeds? Yes, these are the same chia that were made famous as the household chia pet in the late 70s. You might remember a certain TV jingle "ch-ch-ch-chia!". They have since become much more than just decorative household items and are one of my favourite pantry additions.

Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds come from a flowering plant within the mint family. With a mild flavour, they are extremely versatile.

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Nutritional Benefits

- Packed with fiber: 2 Tbsp of chia seeds provides an impressive 7 grams of fiber, which can help keep you full longer and aid in lowering cholesterol levels.

- Bring on the calcium: Chia seeds are unique for their calcium content, providing 15 per cent of your daily requirements (comparable to ½ cup of milk!) per 2 Tbsp. serving.

- High in omega 3's: Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that may help to enhance cognitive functioning and reduce inflammation.

- Superfood status: In addition to being a rich source of minerals such as iron, potassium and folate, chia seeds are also high in antioxidants which help to fight off damage caused by free radicals in the body

- Thickening agent: You can use these little guys in sauces, salad dressings, and even in a homemade jam!

- Vegan? Chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute for baking!

How to use them:

- As a vegan egg substitute for baking

- To make healthy and filling puddings

- Add to smoothies, salad dressings and sauces to thicken them up

- To make a homemade jam

Recipe Roundup

Orange Almond Chia Muffins

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Oatmeal Chia Pancakes

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