We’re utterly kicked to bring you chia seeds, a little black nutritive miracle that’s also completely organic!
Typically tiny oval seeds, chia come in brown, gray, black, and white colours. They are hydrophilic in nature, absorbing over 10 times their weight when soaked. The seeds develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating with a distinctive texture when used in beverages.
I Say Organic is thrilled to present Indian grown Chia, by Ahana Organics – what’s amazing is that Ahana Organics has grown this superstar food sustainably, reducing carbon footprints to a huge degree – which means we can consume as much of chia as we like, without any eco-guilt!
We spoke to the dynamic Vindhya Tripathi, Founder of Ahana Organics, and a fount of information, for more information on this superfood. “Chia is South American in origin deriving its name from the Mayan word meaning strength, and has been famous through Aztec and Incan history.” This humble seed has been an important crop since ancient times; and is still used extensively in countries like Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala.
How does chia benefit you?
Vindhya says, “Chia’s benefits are in inverse proportion to its size.” Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins like thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and folate, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. It’s great for weight loss, cardio health and the risk of diabetes as it consists of 40% fibre and 14% protein. Chia is high in calcium, making it essential for bone strength and those at risk of osteoporosis. It’s a whole grain food, which is also gluten-free. It helps you stay and look young, because of its high levels of antioxidants that fight free radicals and cell damage.
“Aztec and Mayan warriors used to go to battle with a small pouch of chia – because it offers so much energy that would last them at least a couple of days”, mentions Vindhya. This means chia is also great for athletes, as it can help them load up on energy and endurance.
Chia can be eaten raw, or used as a topping in other foods- in smoothies, cereals, yoghurt, bread and more. Vindhya recommends 2 tablespoons a day for great health. She prefers eating them raw, but says that you can use them in juice, milkshakes, yoghurt, dals, porridge – “basically anything with moisture, as chia seeds soak in the moisture and keep you feeling full.”
How is I Say Organic chia special?
I Say Organic chia is grown completely organically, in land that has been free from pesticides for many years. After harvesting, the crop is hand-chaffed. Only cow manure and vermicompost are used as fertilisers. The crops are irrigated with monsoon water through a check dam. Intercropping with guava orchards ensures that the soil retains its nutrients through the year. For pest control, farmers use only natural inputs like neem oil and chilli powder, ensuring that no chemicals come in contact with your chia.
With 360 degree sustainability as a guiding aim, I Say Organic chia is absolutely healthy and chemical free.
CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup or more jaggery powder, to taste OR 5-9 pitted dates
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Whisk all the ingredients except the sweetening agent in a mixing bowl.
- Sweeten and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
- Remove and divide into half. Blend half in a mixie to a creamy consistency.
- And serve the other as is – for two different kinds of chia pudding.