Home Made Bluberry Chia Seed Drink
Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. I try to put it everywhere and my elder son, Jake, learned to love it thanks to this great recipe. This chia drink recipe came to my mind when I went to get his favourite Chia Seed drink by Mama Chia (HERE) and to be honest, paying $5 per bottle started to get a little ridiculous. So I decided to come up with this home made version that taste great and cost fraction of the price. I absolutely love the fact that you can experiment with different flavours!
First here's a little summary of why you even want this superfood in your diet:
1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2..
2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
Another area where chia seeds shine is in their high amount of antioxidants. Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer.
3. Almost All The Carbs in Them Are Fiber
Chia seeds are 40% fiber, by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.
4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.
5. Due to The High Fiber and Protein Content, Chia Seeds Should be Able to Help You Lose Weight
Many health experts believe that chia seeds can help with weight loss.
The fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food . Then the protein in chia seeds could help to reduce appetite and food intake in combination with other foods in your diet.
6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.
7. Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health.
This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.
The calcium in Chia seeds is higher than most dairy products, so it may be considered as an excellent source of calcium for people who dont eat dairy.
8. Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet.
The seeds themselves taste rather bland, so you can add them to pretty much anything.They also don’t need to be ground like flax seeds, which makes them much easier to prepare. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridges and puddings, or added to baked goods.You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and even used as egg substitutes in recipes.
Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost the nutritional value.
1 cup warm water
3 Tbs Chia Seeds
1 cup juice of your choice
- pour warm water into a cup (I like using a mason jar because then I can just put the lid on and stick it in the fridge), add the Chia Seeds and stir well till the Chia Seeds are evenly dispersed.
- Place in the fridge overnight so the Chia Seeds could puff up and create a gel like consistency.
- The next day just add your juice of choice and ta da! you have yourself a superfood drink.