Chia is one of the buzz word of the moment in the healthy/whole foods/green worlds. But these tiny superfood seeds deserve their super healthy food title. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests it was a very important food crop for the Aztecs.

The little seeds — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour have a huge nutritional profile. For 100 grams of those little marvels, you will have 16,5 grams proteins and 34,4 grams fibers. They are also high in calcium (631 mg for 100 grams), magnesium (335 mg for 100 grams), phosphorus (860 mg for 100 grams) and potassium (407 mg for 100 grams), those four as well as the proteins are all important for bone health.

Chia seeds have many benefits for your health; they’re known to help with type-2 diabetes as they slow down digestion. They have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar which fights insulin resistance-known for increasing belly fat. 

Chia seeds are so easy to incorporate to your diet, because their taste is rather neutral, they can be added to pretty much anything and they are gluten free. They don’t need to be grounded like flax seeds which make them easier to prepare.  You can sprinkle them on yogurt, cereal, vegetables or even rice dishes. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridge and puddings or added to baked goods. I use them often at Le Comptoir, and you can find several recipes which includes chia seeds, such as the Morning Cookies, the Muesli Muffins, the Back to School Biscuits or the Peanut Butter Cookies. Feel free to add your own suggestions.