Organic Chia Seeds

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Description

Organic Chia Seeds are tiny titans of nutrition.

Organic Chia seeds are one of the most popular whole foods around.  These ancient seeds are a versatile ingredient in any whole food diet and hold a wide range of nutritional potential.

Chia seeds can easily be added to any meal for an impressive nutritional boost.  After flaxseed, chia seeds have the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids in the plant based world.  Just one 30g serving is considered high in protein, fibre, manganese, phosphorus and a source of calcium and magnesium.

Tiny, but powerful, these tasty chia seeds can be used for binding or to make a delicious pudding with a similar texture to semolina.  Soaking chia creates a gel which can be used in recipes to give a binding effect which can be particularly useful in vegan recipes.

Aztec civilisations first grew organic chia seeds in the pre-columbian era.  These tiny seeds were so coveted that Aztec people paid their priests and nobility with these organic seeds as payment for taxes.  They even ate chia seeds for sustenance during endurance contests!

Chia seeds are vegan, paleo and ketogenic friendly.  If you haven’t used chia before then this chia parfait pot is a great place to start.  Another tasty one to try is this Five Seed Oatcakes Recipe.

 Origin: Mexico

Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.

Nutritional Information

Organic Chia Seed is high in Fibre, Protein, Manganese, Phosphorus and a source of Calcium and Magnesium (per 30g serving)

Nutrient Fact File: Calcium

Typical Nutrient Values: Amount per 100g: Amount per serving
(30g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Energy 2052kj/490kcal 616.21kj/147kcal 7.35%
Fat 30.8g 9.24g 13.21%
of which saturates 3.2g 0.96g 4.80%
Carbohydrate 43.8g 13.15g 5.05%
of which sugars 0g
Fibre 37.7g 11.32g
Protein 15.6g 4.68g 9.36%
Salt 19.0mg 5.70mg 0.23%
Typical Vitamin/ Mineral Values: Amount per 100g: Amount per serving
(30g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Calcium 631mg 189.49mg 23.69%
Manganese 2.2mg 0.66mg 33.03%
Phosphorus 948mg 284.68mg 40.67%
Zinc 3.5mg 1.05mg 10.51%
Omega 3 17553mg 5271mg
Omega 6 5785mg 1737mg

Reference Intake (RI)

The Reference Intake (RI) refers to the recommended daily amount of a specific nutrient.

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Why not try making chocolate chia pudding?

  1. Pour 400ml of almond or oat milk in a bowl with 65g of chia seed
  2. Mix in 25g cacao powder, 2-4 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/2 tsp each of ground cinnamon and vanilla extract
  3. Combine well and leave in the fridge overnight
  4. Either blend for a smooth consistency or serve as it is.
  5. Top with fresh berries.

Storage of organic chia seeds:

For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight.  Store in a tightly sealed bag or container.

Family Tip:

  1. You can mix chia into porridge for a tasty and nutritious punch to your breakfast.  Simply add a tablespoon per portion while you heat it in the pan.  This makes a nutrient dense porridge by adding essential fat and protein to your breakfast.
  2. Chia gel (soaked chia) is useful in vegan recipes to thicken and bind in the place of egg – soaking it first gets the best results.  Try this vegan cookie recipe.
  3. You can grind chia down to a flour in your blender (known as pinole) and use it in cookies and cake recipes.