An Herbalist Explains the Benefits of Chia Seeds | Plant-Based | Well+Good

An Herbalist Explains the Benefits of Chia Seeds | Plant-Based | Well+Good

– Hi, I’m Rachelle Robinett, an herbalist and holistic health coach, and your host of Plant-Based, which today is about chia. (upbeat music) Chia is a beautiful purple
flowering desert plant, also called Salvia Hispanica, and it is a member of of the mint family. We love the mint family
because it is rich in medicine. So many plants in this family have so many wonderful benefits. You can identify mint family
plants by a square stem. So even the tiny little mint stem is square and chia is part of this family. Fun fact, the same guy that invented the Chia Pet also invented the clapper. So chia’s been used for thousands of years as a food primarily. The Aztecs used it as a
sort of staple in the diet. And it’s kind of notorious for energy. So it’s not that chia
is directly stimulating, it’s that it’s so nutrient dense that we get a ton of
available energy and calories and nutrients in a very small amount. That efficiency can be helpful
for dieting or weight loss, it can be helpful for when
you need a quick little snack. Something that can energize you, but not be an entire meal. Sometimes it’s used
pre-workout or post-workout. It’s really a great sort
of energy supportive food. Chia seeds are high in fiber. Chia seeds are one of my favorite sources of fiber because they’re
covered in a mucilaginous sort of coating that absorbs water
when they’re either soaked or as they’re passing through your body. This coating can absorb
10 to 12 items its weight in water which makes it
really fun to cook with, but also makes it very
effective at pulling anything out of our body that
we want to get rid of. The value of chia seeds for digestion, and especially intestinal and
colon health is fantastic. It’s a very soothing, nourishing sort of filling fiber that
is gentle all the way through our body that’s
very important to me. A lot of times we end up using abrasive fibers that can do more harm than good, and chia is just beautiful
all the way through. Chia seeds are also high in protein. You get about five and a half grams of protein per ounce of chia seeds. They’re high in calcium, and they’re also high in lignans, which are a form of polyphenol. And that’s another way of
saying a sort of plant nutrient. So chia seeds can be eaten raw, they can be eaten cooked, they can be eaten whole
or ground or blended up. It is important to soak chia
seeds before you eat them, so in a little bit of water
or alt milk or yogurt. Just let them absorb some of the moisture from another source
before you consume them so that they’re not doing too much moisture absorbing through your own body. Today we are making a very straight forward chia seed pudding. This is a fantastic template that you can use in so many different ways, and then we’re going to top it with a spiced caramelized pineapple. One third cup whole chia seeds, one cup Alt. milk. About a teaspoon of vanilla. Mix the chia seeds, Alt.
milk and vanilla really well in a mason jar or some
other kind of container. And let sit for at least
four hours or overnight. For the pineapple, two tablespoons of coconut oil, one quarter cup maple syrup. Two cups fresh pineapple
or any other fruit, anything that’s in season is great. One half tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. Saute everything on
medium to medium high heat until the fruit is
really well caramelized. It’s helpful to continue to toss the fruit and mix it and stir so
that all of the spice and the sweet and the oil are well distributed over the fruit. To serve, scoop chia
seed into a bowl and top with as little or as much
of your fruit as you like. All right, so we have
our chia seed pudding with caramelized pineapple
that might as well be pie. It smells so good. That could be pie. It could be pie, but it’s high fiber, nutrient dense, fluffy, delicious, almost
too good to be true. For more episodes of Plant-Based, subscribe to Well+Good’s YouTube channel. (upbeat music)

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2 thoughts on “An Herbalist Explains the Benefits of Chia Seeds | Plant-Based | Well+Good

  1. Wanna try this! Discovered the energizing properties of chia when I found Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oatmeal! Due to a gluten intolerance, found this gem and different flavors. Tastes better than original oatmeal (I like the maple and brown sugar flavor), has chia AND flax, is organic and filling.

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