We are now in the home stretch of our Chia Challenge, and what a great event this has been! As part of our final celebration, we invited the smart, healthy babes from The Biting Truth to take over our Instagram story feed and answer some of your most pressing chia questions.
The Biting Truth is run by Anna-Jane Debenham and Alexandra Parker, who are both accredited dietitians and nutritionists. Through their recipes, articles and healthy tips, they are determined to help people achieve optimal health and well-being through a balanced and sustainable approach to nutrition. It might come as no great surprise then that these two are already fans of chia. In fact, they include it as one of their all-time six best foods for optimal gut health.
To help us spread the good word on chia, we asked Anna and Alexandra to answer a few of your most burning chia questions:
Q: How much is too much chia? What’s the recommended daily intake?
Like all things, just because something is good for you doesn’t mean you should eat endless amounts of it. Aiming for 15g or one tablespoon of chia seeds per day will provide you with all their health benefits. Some of our favourite ways to add chia seeds to your diet include: Sprinkle over muesli, porridge or cereal; make a chia pudding; add to yoghurt; sprinkle on top of salads; add to salad dressing; add to treat recipes like muffins or bliss balls.
Q: Is there any difference in the nutritional benefits of dried chia to soaked chia? I’ve heard it’s harder to absorb the nutrients from dried chia.
The best thing about chia seeds is they deliver a massive amount of nutrients (fibre, protein, healthy fats) with very few calories. Chia seeds are among the few trendy ‘superfoods’ that are actually worthy of the term!
Everyone’s digestive system is different but in general, you will gain the nutritional benefits of chia whether they are consumed dried or soaked. The chia seed skin is fairly soft however as with any seed nut or grain with a protective coating, soaking the chia seed or including it with other foods (like baking chia into a loaf of bread or sprinkling on muesli) will slow down the chia seed’s movement through the digestive tract and hence optimise nutrition absorption
Q: Can you share with us a simple recipe for chia pudding?
Create a chia pudding by mixing ¼ cup chia (3 tbsp) with 1 cup almond milk, set in the refrigerator overnight. Top with fresh fruit and nuts for a healthy breakfast or dessert.
For more chia recipes, FAQs and healthy eating inspo, make sure you download your FREE copy of our Chia Challenge Booklet!