National Chia Day 2023: Get ready to celebrate one of the healthiest and trendy superfoods, as National Chia Day is just around the corner! On March 23, 2023, foodies and health enthusiasts across the U.S. will unite to honor this tiny yet mighty seed that packs a nutritious punch. Whether you’re a fan of chia pudding or love sprinkling it on your smoothie bowls, there’s no denying that chia seeds are more than just a fad. In this blog post, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about National Chia Day – from its history to how you can join in on the festivities!
What is Chia?
Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The word “chia” comes from the Nahuatl word for strength. The seeds of the plant are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They have a nutty flavor and can be eaten whole or ground into a flour. Chia seeds were a staple food of the Aztecs and Mayans, and they are still eaten today in Mexico and Central America.
In recent years, chia seeds have become popular in the United States as a health food. They are often added to cereal, yogurt, or smoothies.
The History of Chia
Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Spanish conquistadors called it chia. The plant grows to 1–2 m (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in) tall and is grown commercially for its seeds.
The chia plant grows naturally in dryland regions and is cultivated on marginal lands around the world. Chia is grown commercially for its seeds which are used as a food source or dietary supplement. The plants are also grown as an ornamental crop and for their attractive flowers.
The history of chia can be traced back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayans who prized the seeds for their nutritional value and healing properties. The Aztecs even used chia seeds as currency!
In recent years, chia has seen a resurgence in popularity due to its high protein and fiber content, as well as its many health benefits. Today, you can find chia seeds in everything from breakfast cereals to energy bars to ice cream!
There are many recipes that can be made with chia seeds. Here are some of our favorites:
-Chia Seed Pudding: This is a simple and delicious pudding that can be made with just a few ingredients. All you need is chia seeds, milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl or jar, stir well, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The chia seeds will swell up and create a thick and creamy pudding.
-Chia Seed Pancakes: These pancakes are a great way to start your day. They are packed with protein and fiber, and they have a lovely nutty flavor. To make them, simply combine chia seeds, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and eggs in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Then cook the pancakes on a griddle or frying pan as usual.
-Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl: This is a hearty and satisfying breakfast that will keep you full until lunchtime. Simply combine cooked quinoa or oats with chia seeds, nuts or nut butter, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and milk or yogurt. Mix everything together well and enjoy!
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an excellent source of nutrients. They are a good source of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Chia seeds have been shown to offer health benefits, including helping to improve digestive health, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood sugar levels.
There is some evidence to suggest that chia seeds may also help boost weight loss. One study showed that participants who ate 3 tablespoons of chia seeds daily for 12 weeks lost more weight and body fat than those who didn’t eat the seeds (1).
Another study found that adding chia seeds to meals helped people feel fuller and reduced the number of calories they ate during the day (2).
So, if you’re looking for a nutritious addition to your diet, consider adding chia seeds. Just be sure to buy them from a reputable source and store them properly to prevent them from going bad.
National Chia Day on March 23rd is a great way to celebrate the many health benefits of this traditional and highly nutritious superfood. From boosting your metabolism, improving gut health, and providing sustainable energy for workouts, chia seeds are an excellent addition to any diet. So whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or want to add some flavor and nutrition to your meals, consider picking up some chia seeds next time you go grocery shopping!