Chia seeds are one of my favourite foods, especially for babies. They are really nutrient dense – which means a small amount goes a long way, which is especially important for our babes! They are high in fibre, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium.
They are also an amazing food to help prevent and alleviate constipation. Chia seeds help to draw water into the bowels as they attract water – which is why they plump up when you soak them in a chia seed pudding for example. Chia seeds can actually absorb 9-12 times their own weight in water! When water is drawn into the bowels, the stool will not be as dry and hard, which will make it easier to pass. However did you know that if chia seeds are not soaked, that they can actually have the opposite effect and can be quite dehydrating? Because they will go into the bowel and then absorb that water in the bowels, which can leave the stool harder and drier.
If your little one suffers from constipation, then this chia gel can be really helpful to incorporate into their meals, such as in puree, yoghurt, smoothies or sauces.
- Measuring Spoons
- Whisk or Spoon for Mixing
- Storage Container with Lid
- 1 TBSP Chia seeds
- 3 TBSP liquid eg. breastmilk, water, coconut milk, almond milk etc.
- Mix the chia seeds with liquid of choice let them sit for between 30 minutes to two hours, or even better, overnight.