Chia Seeds, Superfood? Seeds? What are they?
Chia, what are these mystical seeds? How have they not been on our radars before if they are all that they claim to be?
We all know that eating a varied diet is the best way to go forward. This has been taught to us in Maltese schools, particularly the food triangle in our Home Economics lessons, were we'd have Vegetables at the bottom. Meaning you could eat plenty of them, ontop of that came the Dairy products, which meant you'd need to consume them with some moderation. Ontop, and mind you this comes all from the wonders of memory and recollection so a sight error in this stage of the article should be permissible, came the fish and ontop of that came the meats.
What was entirely left out until recently were all these "new" seeds that are now hitting our shores here in Malta. The term Superfoods, has also been conjured up in conjunction with these mysterious Malayan products.
At first glance the first thing that enters my mind are my two Canaries "Orange & Lemon" and at second glance I kind of notice that we might actually be munching on the same grain at 6:40am whilst getting ready for the day's work!
I've got a special delivery of PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES from Sam's Bits and Bites. She's put the raw ingredients that we offer on our site and turned them into something delicious and also healthy!
These little devils are great guilt free snacks whilst you're working away behind your computer at the office. Below is the recipe that she kindly allowed us to share for all our clients!
PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES 💜❤ ingredients: 1 cup oats, 2/3 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/3 cup honey, 1tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup cacao powder or cacao nibs. 1.Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. 2.Cover and let chill in the fridge for 30mins. 3.Once chilled, roll into balls. Store in an air tight container. ( can stay refrigerated for up to 1 week)
More of her great recipes made with our raw ingredients will be shared here on our site!
We are currently going to shift our focus on the Chia Seeds for our clients here in Malta. We at Maltawarehouse offer these Chia seeds to our clients, but we thought we'd do some clarification of these mysterious products. We would like to take this moment to mention that we gather our information from various sources on the internet. If by some mysterious reason, a piece of sensational information finds itself on these pages, we would appreciate a kind email and we will correct these as soon as is possible. Therefore we would like to finish by saying that what we write here are more oftenly known as popular belief and/or tought. This is not a scientific journal, nor do we pretend to be. We just like to give our clients here in Malta some value added info and readership material, differentiating ourselves from the rest.
Chia seeds apparently actually come from the Mint family of plant. Who would have thought! These seeds have also been cultivated from during the Aztec time and was as important as Maize for the then population.
Here in Malta we've got some seriously high levels of Diabetes in our population, these seeds have been linked as a natural remedy/treatment to the diabetes type-2 due to its ability to slow down digestion. They have also been linked with the ability to prevent blood sugar spikes. We would never venture as far as to say that this "superfood" cures Diabetes, but the studies have shown that they've helped Diabetic patients.
2 Tablespoons of these seeds contain 10 Grams of fibre which is important to the digestive system. Think of fibre as a scouring sponge that helps ensure that your intestines, colon and whole digestive system remain clean. Leaving as little of the other foods lying about to cause trouble such as infection. 2 Tablespoons work out to approximately one third of your daily recommended intake so adding them to your breakfast in the morning would be good practise as you start the day with a 33% fibre intake before heading off to work in the busy roads in Malta.
For those people who eat a lot of fish because they are convinced of the high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in Salmon for example it would be refreshing to note that there is another way! Chia seeds are apparently x8 times more potent than the upstream swimmer. These fatty acids are vital for brain health, so keep munching!
Milk has always been known to be the cornerstone for calcium intake. However when adding those 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds to your breakfast in the morning whilst reading your local newspaper like the Times of Malta, you will also be doing good to teeth and bones as you will be consuming already about 20% of your recommended daily intake. People in Malta need to become more conscious of what they eat as the saying "you are what you eat" is not just a saying but something to live by. Calcium intake is important to prevent Osteoporosis in the future.
There are many other Health benefits linked to this "superfood" Chia Seeds. From a high level of Protein, to Phosphorus and Manganese. The latter two being maybe slightly less well-known as Omega-3 for example, but still as important for your bodies.
Here at Maltawarehouse we offer our client here in Malta, these Chia Seeds and many others. Just click here