Chia is the common name for Salvia hispanica, a tiny seed with powerful nutritional and energy-giving properties. Chia seeds have been named a ‘Super Food’ for their various health benefits. They are high in fibre, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, in which they promote digestive health, skin repairing and heart health.
There is no significant nutritional difference between black and white chia seeds.
NUTRITION FACTS PER 50 G AMOUNT % DAILY VALUE Calories 250 – Fat 15 g 23% Saturated 1.5 g 6% +Trans 0 g % Cholesterol 0 mg – Sodium 15 mg 1% Carbohydrate 21 g 7% Fibre 18 g 70% Sugars 0 g – Protein 8 g – Vitamin A – 0% Vitamin C – 2% Calcium – 30% Iron – 30%
It is best to soak the seeds for a few hours to soften for easier digestion. Rinse 1 teaspoon of chia seeds with cold water. Drain. Add to 1 cup of cold water or juice. Keep in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Stir and serve.