I have decided to try a Chia seed challenge for 30 days starting this week in my attempt to be more healthy. If the 30 days go well, I will make it a staple in my diet. Chia seeds come from the desert plant ‘Salvia hispanica’. It grows abundantly in southern Mexico and is a member of the mint family. These seeds are incredible at absorbing water. They can absorb 10 to 12 times their weight in water!
They also have this amazing property that when you put them in water or another liquid, they expand into a kind of gel, which is why people add them to smoothies and sauces to thicken them. They also look like little tadpoles when mixed with water. So if you are drinking water with Chia seeds in public, be ready for weird glances, I certainly got a few questioning looks.
Chia seeds can be eaten the old-fashioned too way as a snack or you can sprinkle them over salad or on your toast and cereal for breakfast. They are also excellent additions in baking, cooking and scattering over cooked meat. Do not be deceived though, they do not any flavor whatsoever but it is another way to consume them.
For this challenge, I will consume at least 15g (equivalent to 2 tablespoons) of Chia seeds every day. This will be in many forms over the 30 days, either in a smoothie, as a snack, sprinkled over cereal and food or in my baking. They are a great substitute for eggs in vegan baking (They must be mixed with water and left to rest before use). I want to experience the benefits for myself so I can say whether or not the hype is true. I will do an update at the end of the month. I will also consume 4 Litres of water especially on days when I eat the seeds dry. Due to their water absorption properties, it is very important to keep hydrated to prevent gastric problems.
So why this challenge?
As you all know, the biggest and best sources of omega-3 are found in Fish such as salmon, and mackerel, however, I am not the biggest fan of seafood. I find the scent of seafood/fish repellent (Sorry if I offend any fish lovers). Omega-3 is a very important fatty acid. I will not bore you with the reasons. You can read about them here. Since I detest fish, I found the prospect of consuming Chia seeds to increase my omega-3 intake very appealing instead of using fish oil supplements. Not to mention, I like the “plain” taste of the seeds. They also are not expensive and can be bought from many shops.
I should hopefully see the benefits after the 30 days. If want to take on this challenge and you are on medication, please check with your doctor first and please remember to keep hydrated.