Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to central and southern Mexico, or Salvia columbariae, a closely related Salvia species native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Chia seeds are oval, grey, and have black and white markings on them. When soaked, the seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid and develop a mucilaginous coating that gives chia-based meals and beverages a characteristic gel texture. Chia seeds are very beneficial for the human body. Chia seeds are a convenient way to boost your intake of essential nutrients. To keep the seeds fresh, store them in a plastic or glass container with a tight lid in a cool, dry area like your pantry or fridge. Then, from salads to smoothies, keep them on hand to add to your favourite drinks and cuisines.

Chia seeds help in controlling diabetes/


Here are a few benefits of chia seeds-

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants

Chia seeds are a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants promote human health by eliminating reactive molecules known as free radicals, which can destroy cell compounds if they build up in your body. These compounds protect the seed's delicate fats while also benefiting people's health.

Chia seeds lower the risks of heart disease

Consuming chia seeds, which are abundant in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, may lower your risk of heart disease. Soluble fibre, such as that contained in chia seeds, can aid in the reduction of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the blood. As a result, your risk of heart disease may be reduced.

Chia seeds regulate the blood sugar levels

Because of their fibre content and other beneficial elements, chia seeds may aid with blood sugar management. Older research from 2010 and 2013 reveals that eating bread with chia seeds helps healthy people minimise post-meal blood sugar rises when compared to eating bread without chia seeds.

Here are some beverages that you can make with Chia seeds-

Watermelon Cooler with Chia Seeds

Watermelons are one of the most refreshing fruits to eat during the summer. This light and watery fruit has a refreshing and cold flavour and helps you stay hydrated. A bowl of freshly cut watermelon, a glass of water, and a tablespoon of chia seeds mixed in would be required. Add your watermelon chunks, fresh mint leaves, one spoon of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender. Simply blend this and pour it into a glass of chia seed-infused water.

The goodness of watermelon mixed with chia seeds/


Chia Lemonade

This drink is delicious and will make you feel rejuvenated in no time. To do so, take a teaspoon of chia seeds and soak them in one cup of water until the chia seeds absorb all of the liquid. Take two spoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey, and three-four mint leaves and crush them in a separate glass. Mix until all of the flavours are combined, then pour the chia seeds water into the glass. Finally, pour it over ice.

Chia seed lemonade is a perfect refreshment for summer/


Apple Banana and Chia Seed Smoothie

This delicious and refreshing smoothie is a perfect beverage for a healthy breakfast or snack anytime. All you need is fresh apple chunks (from about 2 apples), 2 bananas, plain yoghurt, low-fat milk and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Blend all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy this healthy delicious smoothie!

The richness of bananas and apples blended with chia seeds/


Chia Orange Cooler

One-fourth of orange squash, a tablespoon of lemon and sugar, and, most importantly, a mix of one cup of water and chia seeds are all you'll need for this simple summer cooler. Simply combine the orange squash, lemon, and sugar then add the water and chia seeds. Your cooler is now ready to be served with a slice of orange as a garnish.

This beverage is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants/