Chances are you’ve heard of chia seeds and have seen lots of hype about these little guys all around the internet. If you’re wondering about chia seeds’ relationship to that ‘grow your own’ statue product from the 80’s, they’re the same thing, although the chia seeds you’ll want to use should be organic. Chia seeds are an essential because they carry an impressive array of healing benefits, lots of nutrients, and you can add them to pretty much any dish or drink you create so it’s easy to get them into your kids’ diet. In this article we’ll be exploring just some of the best reasons to work with chia seeds, and we’ll be looking at how they can help with issues like eczema and allergies.
Having enough fiber in your child’s diet is essential for detox, fighting inflammation, and healthy weight – all things that play into how well the immune system functions.
Chia seeds have an impressive amount of usable fiber that gets to work strengthening and cleansing your child’s body without the gluten that most fiber contains.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Essential fatty acids help the brain function at its best. A slow brain may impact how well the body responds to issues, and it can also add to feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress which are directly linked to eczema and allergy flare ups. While the modern diet can make it a little hard to get enough EFAs, chia seeds make it simple!
You may not hear of this underdog mineral much, but it’s so important for kids with skin issues. Phosphorous is needed by the body to properly turn protein into new cells and tissues. When it’s lacking, the body simply cannot build and repair skin the way it needs to.
Many kids with allergies and food sensitivities have a hard time with protein. Chia seeds offer a super intense protein blast that’s 100% plant-based for easy digestion and absorption.
How To Use Chia Seeds
When chia seeds are added to liquids like juice, water, or herbal tea, they absorb many times their size in water and take on a gelatinous field around them. This is a blast for kids to watch, and when the seeds are drank up most kids love the texture and feeling in their mouths! Chia seeds can be added at about 1/2 tablespoon at a time to your child’s drink and allowed to sit for about 5 minutes before they are enjoyed.
Chia seeds can also be added to salads, shakes, smoothies, soups, and trail mixes. They have a very humble flavor and will go undetected in foods or drinks with a good flavor.
Here’s a great superfood recipe for chia seed pudding from Colleen’s Kitchen on Facebook!