Chia seeds rule. and if you don't eat them, I would recommend starting.
Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica L. plant which is a member of the mint family. They are the highest known plant source of Omega-3. Also they have loads of amino acids. There are 22 amino acids and chia seeds contain 18, notably nine of the essentials. ('Essential' means the body cannot produce it, therefore it must be obtained from the diet)
More chia fun facts:
- 7 x more Vitamin C than oranges
- 6 x more fibre than oat bran
- 5 x more calcium than milk
- 4 x higher ORAC value than blueberries
- 3 x more iron than spinach
- 2 x more potassium than bananas
When you mix chia with liquid it swells to 17 times it's size, making it an ideal egg substitute for vegans. It also makes a deeelicious pudding/parfait.. and it takes all of 2 minutes to make.
1 can of coconut milk or 1 cup of almond/rice milk
4 tbsps chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
big pinch of cinnamon
couple of drops of vanilla essence
couple of tbsps of honey/rice malt syrup
Mix it all together very well in a glass or jar and pop in the fridge overnight (or in my case twenty minutes cos I don't have any patience). and EAT.
This is also delicious with a handful of frozen berries and a big spoonful of natural yogurt. You can pretty much add anything without mucking it up.