A rich source of nutrients, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, chia seeds are extremely healthy and have come to be recognised as a superfood. Rich in phosphorous and magnesium, chia seeds are gluten-free in nature and help relax the muscles and boost digestion.
Low in digestible carbs, chia seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties which help keep bloating at bay. It also helps in weight management as it helps reduce hunger and makes you feel full for longer. Which is why, consuming them is extremely beneficial for people suffering from diabetes or even those with prediabetes.
Here are some healthy options that you can try making at home:
Chia-Lemon Detox Drink
Soak a tablespoon of chia seeds in a bottle of water and add thinly sliced pieces of lemon to it. Let it sit for at least an hour before you consume it. The detox drink is rich in antioxidants, micronutrients and fibre, helping speed up weight loss.
Salads are an excellent meal option. While adding fresh fruits, vegetable and nuts is advisable, sprinkling seeds such as chia and flax will make the salad fibre-rich, and also help keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Oatmeal with milk or yogurt is a healthy breakfast option. But eating plain oatmeal everyday can become boring. So why not add some healthy twist to it by incorporating some low-sugar fruits and chia seeds.
Yogurt Chia Dessert
Diabetics should avoid consuming desserts. But here’s a trick — take a handful of chia seeds and add them to yogurt to give it a nice nutty and crunchy flavour. Top your yogurt with some fruits and you are good to go!
Milled chia seeds can be mixed with whole wheat flour or besan for making chila, an Indian savoury pancake. You can also take some chia seeds and use it in your dough for making parantha.
Granola bars made of whole grain or multigrain flour and dates are an ideal snack for diabetics. You can make it healthier by adding some chia seeds to the mixture while baking your bar.