Chia Seeds have become a craze in the health and beauty world, and it's little wonder why. These little seeds are packed full of countless vitamins and minerals, all of which contribute to great skin, hair and bodies.
Originating from South America, Chia Seeds were a major part of both the Aztec and Mayan diets. Chia even translates to Strength in the ancient Mayan language, and we understand why. They pack a huge punch in helping to balance our overall health and well-being. Nowadays, they are fast becoming an essential ingredient in holistic and healthy cooking, and have popped up in recipes from Deliciously Ella to Clean Eating Alice.
What are the Skincare Benefits?
A single tablespoon of Chia Seeds actually contains a higher content of Omega-3than fish, more antioxidantsthan berries, and more calcium than a small glass of milk. Gram for gram, they are packed with a ridiculously high amount of nutrients guaranteed to give you a glowing complexion.
Our Beauty Ambassador Clean Eating Alice has prepared a recipe containing Chia Seeds for you Lookfantastic girls to get radiant skin, hair and nails in no time at all. Her book, The Body Bible is out on the 19th May and is a great way to kick-start your clean eating lifestyle! Her recipe below is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, whilst also ensuring you get plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Grilled Cinnamon Banana with Yoghurt, Pomegranate and Chia Seeds
170g of Non-Fat Greek Yoghurt, Sprinkle of Cinnamon, 1 Banana, 10g of Chia Seeds, 50g Pomegranate Seeds, Coconut Oil (for cooking)
- Pour the Yoghurt into a bowl.
- Slice the Banana and sprinkle with the Cinnamon
- Gently and slowly heat the Coconut Oil in a frying pan and then add the banana.
- Flip and cook the banana on the other side once it begins to brown. Then place on top of the yoghurt.
- Sprinkle over the Pomegranate Seeds.
- Grind the Chia Seeds slightly so they are a little smaller and then sprinkle on top.
When applied directly to the skin in the form of oils or creams, Chia Seeds possess great anti-inflammatory abilities. This is due to their high content of Omega 6, which helps to repair damaged tissue, balance moisture levels and soothe irritated and delicate skin. The seeds' antioxidant properties work to regenerate the skin by slowing down its ageing process and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Their high content of protein also helps to keep our cells in great condition by repairing damage and keeping them nourished.