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    Wednesday, 14 October 2015

    FOCUS ON: CHIA SEEDS (+ THE CHIA BIA CHALLENGE)

    It’s been a while since the last post in my ‘Focus On’ series, where I discuss the health benefits around a certain food-stuff, so I thought it was about time I gave you another one.

    So far we’ve covered the health benefits of eggs, matcha and birch water.

    And today we’re talking chia seeds.

    What exactly is Chia?
    Chia is actually a member of the mint family, but what we’re interested in are its seeds which are packed full of nutrients. Chia seeds contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and it’s the highest-known plant-based source of omega-3 in the world!  

    What can it help with?
    Fans claim it can helps in a ton of ways – like helping with digestion, reducing cholesterol and inflammation, improving circulation and balancing blood sugar levels.

    Is it veggie friendly?
    Yes. Chia is a complete (plant) protein which makes it a perfect source for vegans and vegetarians.

    How can I eat it?
    It’s really versatile so there’s plenty of ways you could add chia seeds to your diet. You could sprinkle it on salads or cereals, mix it into porridge and yoghurts or drink it with juice.

    What do they taste like?
    In truth, not a lot - the seeds have very little taste which makes them perfect for adding to food so you get all the nutrients without compromising the taste of your food. I was sent some Chia Seeds to try by Chia Bia* which came in cranberry and blueberry flavours - perfect if you're looking to add a bit of taste to plain yoghurt or porridge.

    Where can I buy Chia seeds from?
    You'll be able to find Chia seed products in health food stores like Holland and Barratt but also from retailers such as Ocado, Tesco, Boots and Amazon.


    I was recently challenged by the team at Chia Bia to add two tablespoons of Chia seeds to my diet each day and report back how I feel. I've been adding chia seeds to various recipes for the last few and although I wouldn't say I feel massively different, I've definitely had a lot more energy in the mornings and I'm noticing my satiety levels seem to be improving (no reachng for the cookie jar at 11am).

    I wanted to share a couple of my go-to recipes for getting my chia seeds into my diet, I hope  you will give them a try!

    Chia Bia Pancakes

    What you'll need:
    1/2 banana (peeled and mashed)
    1 whole egg
    2 egg whites
    1/2 scoop protein powder (I use MyProtein Impact Whey in Lemon Meringue)
    2 tablespoons Chia Bia seeds
    1 tsp cinnamon

    What you'll need to do:
    Mix your eggs, banana, cinnamon and protein powder together until they form a paste (I usually blend it in my Nutribullet)
    Spoon in your chia seeds and mix.
    Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry your preferred size mix until golden brown
    Then simply serve with a squeeze of lemon and some greek yogurt. Delicious!

    * I was sent some samples of Chia Bia to review for this post

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