Chia seeds are full of nutrition and an excellent food for vegans to have in the cupboard. They are high in fiber, protein, and some minerals, yet low in calories. As a source of B Vitamins, people with chronic fatigue and mood disorders should be eating chia seeds every day. There are a lot of good things to say about this nutritious food.
Chia is native to climates south of the US border. Does that mean you can’t grow them anywhere else? Avid gardeners have their ways. Chia seeds grow easily and create lovely flowers, but you need to pay attention to a few things like space: they can be planted inside in pots but will need a lot of space outside as they mature. Chia also likes warmth and sunshine like most food plants.
Here’s a fact that is becoming common knowledge among vegans and people who bake for them. If a recipe calls for eggs as a binder such as certain breads, muffins, and cookies, use chia seeds instead. Soak them in water for fifteen minutes and they turn into a strange gelatinous substance which mimics the effect of an egg in baked goods.
There is some debate about how effective a protein source chia is. The body might not be able to absorb it fully, but that depends on your source. Usually, seeds like chia and flax are easily digested when ground whereas they tend to pass straight through one’s system whole.
Still, vegan protein powders incorporate chia all the time and they provide a substantial amount of protein. As a result, vegan bodybuilders attain the building blocks for muscle development and brain health.
Don’t cut out carbs; just change from refined ones to healthier, high-fiber sources like chia seeds. Individuals trying to lose weight are always on the lookout for more sources of fiber to vary their menus and enjoy layered dishes with texture. Chia is a dense source of fiber and a complex carbohydrate.
Remember the egg-replacement experiment? Think of what that’s doing in your stomach if you drink water when you eat chia and other high-fiber foods. Fiber bulks up when it’s wet, making you feel full so you don’t want to eat as much. Fiber also encourages regular bowel movements to help you remove waste and lose weight naturally. Eat less, feel full longer, yet obtain essential nutrition.
Here is a natural bug killer for your body: chia as an antioxidant. Pesticide-free sources fight for your immune system, thus encouraging the body to remain healthy, fight invading bacteria or free radicals, and to stay young-looking.
A lack of minerals is a major cause of discomfort and illness among North Americans. Without certain minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium, for example), your electrical circuitry gets out of whack and so does your heart rate. The result can be feeling tired yet not getting enough sleep, restless legs and a generally jittery disposition. Minerals also support your bones, hair, teeth, and joints. Eat chia seeds as yet another way to obtain the minerals your body needs to ward off skeletal disease and fragility at any age.