Chia – you might recognize the word from the grassy pets known by the same name. But organic chia seeds are not just for growing, they’re for eating, too!
A traditional Aztec food, tiny organic chia seeds are full of huge health benefits. They are packed with calcium, manganese, and phosphorous, all of which help your body maintain strong teeth and bones. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, and are an excellent source of protein – particularly useful for vegetarians and vegans looking for plant-based protein.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about organic chia seeds is how they react to water. When chia gets wet, the seed becomes coated with a water filled gel. Each seed can absorb ten times its own weight! When consumed, this gel keeps you fuller, longer. It also makes organic chia seeds a great thickener in many recipes. You can even use it to replace eggs in baking, thanks to its gelling properties.
By choosing organic chia seeds you are avoiding chemicals, including pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, supporting sustainable harvesting, and opting for a non-GMO product.
Organic chia seeds are a food you can feel good about, inside and out!
Here’s a treat you can make at home, using organic hemp seeds! Try your hand at homemade hemp milk. Blend 1/2 cup organic hemp seeds with two cups of water for the basic recipe. Add natural sweeteners like agave, dates, or honey, and flavorings like cinnamon or vanilla for a delicious new twist.
Ground organic flax seed has the most nutritional benefits of any flax product. Flax oil shares its omega 3 fatty acid content, but none of the other health-boosting properties of the seed, so if you are aiming to up your fiber intake or worried about consuming enough vitamins, stick to the seed.