Chia Seeds are an ancient South American superfood of the same plant group as sage herb. The main species of chia is golden chia, which are roasted and ground to make pinole, which is mixed with water to make mushy meal, which is then eaten like porridge. Mexican chia is, also, called chia and is made into a gruel similar to golden chia, or ground into meal for bread, biscuits and cakes.
Mexican chia is the superfood. Chia seeds' very subtle nutty taste allows you to add them to absolutely anything that you eat or drink, so helping to boost your nutritional, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids intake. Some manufacturers suggest taking up to 15 g per day for your health. 
Key Nutritional Messages About Chia Seeds
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids (higher levels than salmon)
- High in protein (more than any other ancient grain)
- High in iron (3 times more than spinach)
- A powerful source of antioxidants (30% more potency than blueberries)
- High in fibre (2 tablespoons are equivalent to 5 pieces of wholewheat bread)
- Gluten free
Using Chia Seeds
Drink: add a teaspoon of chia seeds to a glass of water or juice, before drinking. Add chia seeds to your fruit smoothies. High in protein, try them with lime juice and a sweetener, stirred into a glass of water for a refreshing drink.
Sprinkle: sprinkle chia seeds on salads, cereals, yoghurt or soup. Or add a sprinkling of chia seeds in your baking - great in bread, cakes, cookies and biscuits.
Soak: a common way to consume chia seeds is to soak them. Make a basic chia gel by adding ⅓ cup of chia seeds to 2 cups of water. Stir, leave for around 10 minutes until it takes a gel-like consistency.
- Davidson, A. (1999) The Oxford Companion to Food, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192115790.