What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are small dark seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant which is native to Central America. The Chia seed is a nutrient dense superfood packed with protein, fibre, essential omega fatty acids and trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. Each 100g of Chia Seeds contain 21.2g of protein.
What do they taste like?
They have an earthy taste, a bit like poppy seeds, along with a crunchy texture when eaten dry. They can be soaked in water or stock to increase their size and soften them up. Each 100g of Chia seeds contain over 20g of protein per 100g and contain a dose of essential amino acids. This makes them a particularly great addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
How can Chia Seeds benefit my diet and training?
With over 20% protein content Chia Seeds are an ideal support to your training and recovery and can help to increase muscle mass. Chia Seed is also high fibre and packed with essential micronutrients such as Magnesium which can help to reduce fatigue, improve protein synthesis and support muscle function and which supports bone health and muscle function. Chia Seeds also provide a balanced breakdown of omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 essential fatty acids which support health and wellbeing. Omega 3 is in the form of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. Chia Seeds are also packed with antioxidants which can help to reduce the oxidative damage your body experiences when completing intense exercise.
Who are Chia Seeds suitable for?
Due to their extreme nutrient density Chia Seeds are ideal to support general health and wellbeing by adding to your favourite foods in small amount. When used in larger amounts they are a fantastic source of high quality calories for those who are looking to bulk up. As one of the few plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids Chia Seeds are a great addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet
What goes well with Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds can be eaten with Organic Cacao Nibs and Whole Hemp Seeds to help increase your micronutrient intake in a delicious way.