Chia my Chia

I'm sure you've already heard about chia seeds and it's many benefits. Chia has medicinal and nutritional content, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and 30% of protein. Yes, you read it right, THIRTY percent protein! How cool isn't that!?! What else is cool is that chia seeds have five times more calcium content than milk, for those of you who don't like or have restrictions with dairy. 

Chia also contains antioxidants and high levels of essential fatty acids, including omega-3, and is known to stabilize blood sugar levels as well as reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. 

You can use chia seeds on anything; salads, smoothies, you name it- even my dog eats chia! 

For smoothies I take one tsp of chia seeds and let them soak in water for about ten minutes so they turn into this gel like substance. If you want to find an egg replacement you can use the same method, but instead use one tablespoon of chia to three tablespoons of water.

Okay so now when we know how awesome chia is, did you know you can easily grow chia in your home? This is not for the seeds but for their powerful leaves. It's super easy and you can even do it in your own kitchen. When the plants have grown, you cut some of the leaves (they smell a little like mint) and then steep them in boiling water to make a therapeutic tea. The chia tea works as a blood cleanser and tonic, as well as for fevers, pain relief, arthritis, respiratory problems, mouth ulcers, diabetes, diarrhea, gargle for inflamed throats, to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to strengthen the nervous system. Women going through menopause and are experiencing hot flashes can find relief by drinking chia leaf tea regularly.

So if you feel lethargic or lacking energy, or need a muscle recovery, give this a try and at the same time let chia help remove those toxins from your body!