Joanne Rawlings

Chia Boost

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Organic Chia Seeds are like tiny vitamins to use every day in food or drinks. They are one of my healthy healing powers, they add no taste but are so nutritious and easy to mix.

Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day and they loved them for their ability to give sustainable energy.  Chia is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as this days superfood, and they certainly are.

They can be added to everything edible, like smoothies, stirfrys, salads, baking. You can use them as they are or pre-soak them to thicken as a gel for an egg substitute for baking – 1 tablespoon chia to 3 tablespoons of water, they thicken in approximately 10-15 mins or less. Good for when you don’t have eggs. Pre-soaked chia seeds can be placed in the fridge for a few days to use later when needed . Chia seeds can be used as well as a thickener for soups & gravies instead of flours, try it out sometime.

1-2 teaspoons (depending on animal size) of Chia seeds can even be fed to family pets and farm animals. They will benefit greatly from the nutrients. We feed them to the animals in their meals once a week or more.

Nutritionally speaking chia seeds are a very high source of omega-3s, which are linked to a wide variety of health benefits. They contain much needed magnesium, amino acids, calcium, iron and a healthy assortment of minerals. Chia seeds are high in protein and fiber, both of which have been shown to aid weight loss

They help in everyone’s health & wellbeing.

One of my smoothie recipes I have written here to show how I add organic chia seeds for some energy.

1-2 Leaves of Kale or Silverbeet, Spinach
2 Diced Dates or 4 grapes or both
1 Ready to eat or frozen diced Banana
1/2 Cup Water & 1 ice cube
1 Teaspoon Organic Chia Seeds

1 Tablespoon Non-dairy yogurt as well can be used as an option

1. Put green leaves in the blender first with water, mix for 2 minutes
2. Then add dates or grapes, banana and chia seeds. Blend for a further 1-2 minutes. Serves 1

Enjoy 🙂

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