Chia has the Latin name Salvia Hispanica. It is an annual flowering plant from the same family as the mint.
Folklore dates chia back to pre-Colombian Aztec times, where the seed was used in pudding and bread recipes. Chia Seeds were known for their performance boosting properties, notably by the messengers of the day who used them for enhanced endurance.
Chia Seeds contain essential minerals such as Phosphorous and Calcium. Most importantly more than half of Chia’s fat content is Omega 3 (ALA – a-Linolenic acid), making it one of the highest known plant sources.
One of the unique properties of Chia Seeds is that they are incredibly hydrophilic. This means that they absorb water when they come into contact with it. As a result, soaking Chia Seeds in water or nut milk will bring out a gel- like coating, which makes it perfect in puddings or porridge.
How to use
Sprinkle on your buckinis or add to smoothies for a protein boost. Alternatively, in water, fruit juice or nut milk before mixing with nuts and berries to make a delicious chia porridge or pudding.
You can also add a tablespoon of Chia Seeds as a healthy topping for desserts or yogurt. They're also great to add flavour, crunch and variety to your puddings and breads.
Chia Seeds can be used as an egg replacement – great for vegan baking. Simply mix with water to form a gel to use in recipes that require eggs.
Make sure you drink plenty of water when consuming Chia Seeds, as they are high in dietary fibre.
More than half of Chia’s fat content is ALA (a-Linolenic acid), making it one of the highest known plant sources of Omega 3.
Omega 3 is critical for our body to function at optimum levels. It cannot be synthesised by the human body but is vital for normal metabolism.
About Loving Earth
Loving Earth is a Melbourne based company dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded and wild crafted functional foods available. We work with small producer communities around the world to provide healthy, sustainable & fair ingredients, which we use to handcraft our unique range of raw chocolate bars and superfood snacks.
Having established long-term relationships with several indigenous cooperatives, our aim is to help them add as much value as possible to their raw products at the point of origin.
Loving Earth is based on the philosophy that the earth is a living organism, a concept that James Lovelock popularised with his “Gaia theory”. The very same idea is at the heart of many indigenous cultures around the world. This philosophy creates an immense respect for our environment as well as our own physical bodies as part of that environment.
Eating foods in their pure, minimally processed states, foods that are grown organically in a sustainable way, is one of the most significant ways in which we can live this philosophy. Not only are we nurturing our own health and wellbeing but we are also nurturing the health and wellbeing of our planet.
These are the 3 fundamental principles of Loving Earth and define the strict criteria which we use to source and develop all of our products:
They are sugar, dairy and gluten free.
Are minimally processed, with low temperatures where possible.
There are no artificial additives to any of the products.
Our focus is to source and develop products that are in their optimal nutritional state.
Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides and herbicides.
Cultivated in such a way as to help restore native ecosystems, prevent erosion and support water conservation.
Use traditional permaculture systems and where possible are shade grown using native canopy species.
Are produced according to Fair Trade standards, that involve producers and workers being paid not only a fair price, but also being empowered with the skills and infrastructure to add as much value to the raw products as possible.
Create healthy environments in which producers and their families live and work.
Re-invest in community infrastructure such as educational, health and other essential services.
A key part of our mission at Loving Earth is to source products from the Indigenous communities where they originated. This supports these unique and special indigenous communities in maintaining their cultural integrity. Most of the functional foods that we source have played a central role in the cultural heritage of the indigenous communities that have cultivated and/or harvested them from the wild ecosystems in which they live.
They are foods that have held special sacred significance for these indigenous cultures due to their life enhancing qualities. By sourcing these products from the indigenous communities that have cultivated them for thousands of years, we provide an environmentally sustainable source of income that also maintains the rituals and way of life that often revolves around the production of these products.
Loving Earth supports the conscious consumer movement by sourcing products that are produced according to specific environmental and social standards. Where possible we work directly with indigenous grower associations around the world and our goal is to inform end consumers of the environmental, social and cultural context in which the products are produced.
We are also working to go beyond the conventional Fair Trade system by empowering indigenous communities to add as much value as possible to their raw materials at the point of origin. This means more money and power is put back into these communities.
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