I consider these to be the king of all seeds. They are little specks of magic! Chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense and so easy to include into any diet. They originate from the Aztecs and Mayans and ‘Chia’ is the Mayan word for ‘strength’. These seeds have only recently been approved by the Food Standards Agency and I implore everyone to try and include these into yours and your childs diet.
At the time of writing this article, chia seeds aren’t that well known so if you want to buy a packet of these little gems, you’ll need to go to a good health food shop or they can also be bought online.
Chia seed nutrition
- 20% protein
- Fibre (soluble and insoluble)
- Omega 3
- Omega 6
How can I incorporate chia seeds into my childs diet?
When chia seeds come into contact with moisture, they form a gel on the outside. Chia seeds have a mild flavour and can be added to many foods, drinks and dishes. You can add them to your childs diet using the following methods;
- Cheeky chia breakfast pudding
- Sprinkle chia seeds over cereal or porridge
- Blend a tbsp of chia seeds in with a smoothie or yoghurt
- Added the chia seeds into your baking mix for breadsticks, biscuits, bread or cakes
- Sprinkle chia seeds over a salad
- Add a tbsp of chia seeds to a stir fry
Our DD just likes to have a pile of it on her plate which she dips her tongue in!