Chia seeds have always been something that I simply tossed into my meals without thinking about much about it. Supposed to be good, can’t hurt right? Turns out that they are actually pretty awesome! This revelation came when my fiance, Gerald, asked about the calories. Apparently, my mother had made him feel bad about how ‘caloric’ they are, stating that he should be avoiding them. Research commenced immediately.
It turns out that chia seeds are caloric… but in all of the best ways imaginable! In just 3 Tbsp of seeds, there are 10g of fat (half of which are omega-3s), there are 7g of protein, and 11 grams of carbohydrates, all of which are fiber! Can you believe that! 170 calories per 32 grams giving it a whopping calorie to gram ratio of 5.3! For perspective, I get excited when this ratio is above 4.5.
Because chia seeds are made up of so much fiber, they are capable of absorbing 10-12 times their weight in water. In your tummy they will goo up and slow the entire digestion process down, giving your body time to absorb nutrients from your food, also giving you the satisfying feeling of being full. This process will also aid your bowel movements; something that a lot of people experience trouble with in the backcountry.
Most commonly I am adding chia seeds to my overnight oats or morning cereal/oatmeal. Today however, I went on a bit of a dessert bender today trying to find new ways to consume chia and here are a two of the recipes I came up with: Chocolate Chia Pudding and Coconut Chia Pudding.