Being physically fit and fab should be a goal through out the year and our warm
weather can be a great kick-starter for any workout. To take it up a notch further,
you can give your body that extra boost by adding a superfood, like the super chia!
It is not nicknamed a superfood for nothing; it is named so because of the nutrient
punch that it packs! A superfood is one that is low in calorie and high in a variety of
antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, healthy fats and protein. What’s
more, this nutrient-rich superfood helps fight against chronic illnesses like type 2
diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers while promoting strong muscles and bones
which help keep you lean and maintain healthy weight. Being an ideal source of
protein, fiber, omega-3’s and minerals make this super seed a go-to anytime
superfood.
Include this superfood into your diet on a daily basis and it will help keep you feeling
great, looking great too and ready for any season! How does that work? Well, the
healthy fats and fiber keep you feeling full between each meal, protein and minerals
promote muscle repair and strength, and antioxidants & vitamins keep your skin
refreshed in the sun. In fact, each tablespoon packs in 2.3 grams of protein and
almost 5 grams of fiber, plus a dose of calcium, vitamins A, B, C, and E, and
antioxidants!
You can enjoy this superfood without much of a hassle and include it in your diet in
the form of a crunchy seed, thick gel, a vegan-friendly egg substitute, soup, salad,
baked goods and drinks. Chia seeds never go bad, so you can stock them up too.
Here are some delicious recipes to add to your menu today.
Delectable Chia Jam
This is a super easy superfood jam recipe – Chia Seed Strawberry Jam, made with
only three ingredients; strawberries, chia and honey. No refined sugar, no
gelatin, no pectin but just plain healthy, simple ingredients packed with nutrition
and flavour. Take three bowls of strawberries, one bowl of chia and honey each
and bring them to a boil. Once it is a mushy texture, mash it properly. Let it cool
and store for future use, it is best served chilled. It is super yummy and healthy!
Chia creates the jam-like texture and honey adds the sweetness. You can
substitute in any fruit of your choice!

Get Fit with Chia Seeds!

Fabulous Chia Fresca
The best solution to quench your thirst, in any season is the Chia bubble water or
Chia Fresca. All you need is two cups water or coconut water, 1.5 tbsp. chia seeds,
1/2 tbsp. lime juice, sweetener to taste. Add chia and water into a glass, stir well and
let it for a while to allow the chia seeds to swell up. Then add lime juice and
sweetener, stir well and enjoy! You can modify this recipe by swapping different
bases like green tea or infused water. You can add a dash of ginger or orange for the
extra zing.
Amazing Chia Pudding
Another easy recipe that is a healthy one too is this Chia Pudding. Chia seeds and
coconut milk make a great pudding that is great for breakfast. Mix both ingredients
the night before, put them in the fridge and enjoy the special treat the next day. It's
that easy, but tasty and healthy too!
Berry Berry Chia Smoothie
If you do not like the crunchy texture of the chia seeds then this is the perfect recipe
for you, a refreshing morning smoothie. You will need one cup of any berries, ½ cup
pomegranate juice, ½ cup water and ½ tablespoon chia seeds. Put all of them in a
blender until smooth and sprinkle extra chia seeds on the top for visual appeal. This
antioxidant berry berry chia smoothie tastes wonderful with a slightly sweet and tart
flavor with a rich and creamy texture.

The quickest, easiest and healthiest way to get a quick snack punch and add that
omega-3 in your snack is to simply sprinkle a teaspoon of seeds on your fruit, mix it
into yoghurt and make a yummy combination!
So what are you waiting for, enjoy these tasty and healthy sweet treats without the
guilt!

 

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