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June 22, 2021

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds come from the chia plant, salvia hispanica. This is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. It is native to Mexico and Guatemala. The word ‘Chia’ derives from the Mayan word for strength. 

Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavour. We combine them with wholesome, ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients to create naturally delicious, nutritious fuel food. But you can also add them to smoothies or sprinkle them on dishes, such as cereal or salads. Check out our Instagram and Tiktok, and our blogs for more recipe inspiration. You can buy whole chia seeds directly from us in our shop.

 

The history of chia seeds

Chia has been fuelling athletes for thousands of years. It was considered running food in ancient civilizations because messengers could run all day with just a small handful of chia seeds, and would carry a small pouch with them for extended journeys. In fact Aztecs considered chia one of their most important crops, using the seeds as offerings to the gods, in rituals and as currency. While chia seeds won’t pay for your new trainers nowadays, their incredible health benefits mean that they can still help you to run faster and further.

Health benefits/nutrition

Chia seeds are 20% protein, 20% omega-3, high in fibre and antioxidants and low in sugar. In fact, they are the highest plant-based source of protein, omega-3, dietary fibre and antioxidants available. Gram for gram they contain: more potassium than bananas, more fibre than bran flakes, more iron than spinach, more protein than kidney beans, more calcium than milk, more Omega-3 than salmon and more magnesium than broccoli... phew!

Chia seeds are a wholefood. This means that they haven't been processed or refined, and haven't had anything added to them. Research shows that eating wholefoods reduces the risk of diet-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

As the Aztecs knew, chia seeds are great for physical endurance. They can lubricate joints and muscles, keep the body steadily hydrated and provide a slow, constant supply of energy.

That’s why we love chia seeds and why we put them into our flapjacks, crispy bars and nut butters - try them for yourself here

 



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