I bought Chia seeds a few weeks ago from Rawlicious, after it was suggested to me by a fellow chef. It is part of the Raw Foods / Superfoods / Juicing trend that is currently happening. Now having discussed this with a few people, I have a few thoughts on this topic.
I am all for using the best quality product available and affordable to you, organic or not.
I believe to claim you are truly organic, it is a full lifestyle choice and something you live everyday.
Superfoods are available freely, rather pricey and if you can afford it, rather use natural products than chemical substitutes.
Juicing your food can be dangerous if you do not do your research properly, your body requires certain nutrients to function properly, do not make the mistake of starving your body.
Going raw / juicing for certain meals, only if you have a balanced properly worked out juice combination, is a good idea, and can be a great way to an alternative way to get your 3 balanced meals daily or use as a detox program, but be careful of doing it wrong. I have seen this go wrong where the person doing it ended up in hospital.
So what are Superfoods? In a nutshell, superfoods are the most concentrated mineral and nutrient dense organic foods with nutrients in their natural forms easily absorbable and usable by the body. They are high vibration foods revered by ancient cultures around the world which provide maximum energy and healing.
I started the my exploration with Chia Seeds and experimenting with smoothies. I find smoothies can be a great snack, or even a wonderful breakfast, when done right.
Tropical Chai Seed Smoothie
½ cup pineapple
½ cup mango
1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp chai seeds
Put chai seeds into your soy milk and set aside for 20 minutes. The seeds will expand.
Cut your fruit into chunks, and place in blender. Blitz, slowly adding the soy milk until you have a smooth consistency. Add you honey and lime juice
To take this one step further, and make a healthy breakfast out of it, add 1 cup of granola to the mix.
Drink this right away as the addition of the chia seeds makes your smoothie very thick.
Chia Seeds are gluten free and the highest plant based source of omega 3, it is a high source of protein and calcium and support proper brain function. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids. Easily digestible, the shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole. The flavor is very mild, the mild taste makes it easy to put in sauces, smoothies, breads, puddings, and whatever you want. They won’t really change the taste, but will add to your nutrition.
Chia seeds are energy enhancing, enhance stamina and endurance and very versatile. The seeds can be used to replace less-healthy fat in just about any recipe. You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want. You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods. Chai seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons. The first reason is that they are so filling that you will eat less of other foods. The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestines.