Sara K. Larsen - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Remember the Ch-ch-ch-chia pet in the 1980's? The furry sprouts are not only good for a Chia Pet, but they provide a number of beneficial nutrients to the human body. Chia seeds come from the chia plant, which belongs to the mint family. They are very small and can be found in black or white varieties.
This tiny seed is a nutritional powerhouse! Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, an excellent source of fiber, providing 10 grams per ounce, they can improve blood pressure and increase healthy cholesterol. They are a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids which is critical for brain health, and they can also slow down the rate of carbohydrate digestion, preventing spikes in your blood sugar that can cause hunger. Here's a great recipe to try!
Chia Vegetable Stir Fry
- 2 tablespoons dry Chia Seeds
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons tamari
- 3/4 cup water
- 3-4 cups kale or spinach chopped
- 2 carrots sliced
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 1 green, yellow, or red bell pepper
- 3 oz mushrooms
- 2 tomatoes chopped
- 5 cups cooked brown rice
In a large wok or frying pan on medium heat, saute ginger and onion in oil until softened. Add tamari and water. Stir fry for an additional five minutes. Add vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, chia seeds and chili powder. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, but still firm. Stir occasionally. Serve over rice.