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 respectively.
There is no significant nutritional difference between black and white chia seeds. People often use them based on aesthetic preferences.
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.
Chia seeds can be used as toppings or mixed into yogurts, smoothies, puddings and most baked goods.
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