Nope they arent new, but these little warriors are no longer for growing on funny looking heads and kept in a window ledge, now they are making their way into kitchens everwhere! Here is some info I have found on them – Happy reading!
What is Omega 3?
An Essential Fatty Acid, our body does not produce them naturally however they play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.. They can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils.
Studies have shown that Omega 3s help reduce inflammation and may lower risks of heart disease, cancer and arthritis
Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.
Omega 3s may also be helpful for high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, ADHD, IBD, Asthma, and menstrual pain.
Not only are Chia Seeds loaded with Omega 3 but they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins & minerals. Because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble fiber levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the blood stream. Chia Seeds are easy to digest, unlike flax seeds that have to be ground up to attain their health benefits.
These lil seeds are what is called Hydrophyllic, which means they can hold up to 10 times their weight in water. If you have ever seen one of these lil guys you will wonder how they do that! So tiny, yet imagine a spoonful of them in a glass of water, each holding 10 times their weight then you consume them. How quickly would you become hydrated? You wouldn’t have to drink as much during a workout and avoid side cramps from over drinking.
If you want to have some fun or are looking for a new way to mix up a drink – put them in ice tea or juice, it will become jello- like within a 30 minutes. It adds a little fun to your drink choices.
You can also grind them up into a powder and use them as a thickener for puddings, in bread or in ice cream, I will be experimenting with them soon and share the results with you.
There are so many uses for them, here is a site that has 40 way to use them http://www.chiaseedrecipes.com/40-ways-to-use-chia-seeds.php
If you plan on sprouting them I would take a look on the web for how to do it – I found this site http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/print/chia.html
Have fun with these little warriors!