Chia Day

It’s National Chia Day! Today we want to introduce you to the benefits of this super-seed and show you some fun ways to incorporate it into your everyday life! 

What is Chia?

Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds of the chia plant and are actually a member of the mint family! It is believed to have originated from Central America and thought that chia seeds were a large part of the Ancient Aztec diet.

But what good can chia do for you?

As it happens, chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and essential minerals and antioxidants. Because of their nutrient dense properties, chia seeds have been known to lessen risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, as well as benefit digestive and gut health. 

How do you add chia to your diet?

Chia seeds are really versatile and easy to incorporate into your diet. Here are our top seven ways to include chia seeds in your meals!

7 Ways to Add Chia Seeds To Your Diet

1.Chia Pudding

Try some delicious chia pudding from ‘76 Sips Cafe! Available at all three Jo Anne’s Place stores, this tasty chia pudding is part of the Community Impact Initiative – 10% of all proceeds are donated to support Margo’s Little Free Pantry. Learn more on the ‘76 Sips website here.

2. Salad dressing 

Check out this vegan & gluten free lemon chia seed salad dressing from Two Peas and Their Pod!

Power Salad Recipe

3. Jam

A while ago we showed you on our blog how to make a tasty homemade jam using chia seeds in place of pectin. No worries if you missed it, you can always revisit our recipe here!

4. Egg Substitute

This one is pretty straightforward – if you’re using a recipe that calls for eggs and would prefer a vegan alternative, chia can help you out! Just take 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and place them in a small bowl or cup. Add 3 tablespoons of water, and wait for about 5 minutes, until it becomes a gel. Then go ahead and use it in your recipe, just as you would a regular egg!

5. Oatmeal

Chia can make a great addition to your regular bowl of oats. Try sprinkling on top with other toppings like fruit, yogurt, or even peanut butter. Adding chia to your oatmeal can make your already healthy breakfast that much healthier!

6. Homemade Granola

Granola is an easy snack to make and adding a bit of chia to your recipe takes no time at all! If you don’t have a go-to recipe for homemade granola, have a look at this honey, almond, chia granola by Making Thyme For Health.

7. Smoothies

Chia can be added to any of your favourite smoothie or shake combos. If you don’t feel like making your own, try the Razzelberry or The Namaste smoothies from ’76 Sips Cafe!

Pop in today and pick up some chia seeds for your pantry! We are open for in-store shopping at all three locations.

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