Nutrition

Chia Seed Spotlight


When people hear chia seeds, they typically think of the ch-ch-ch-chia pets. While they are known for that, they are also known for their food super powers. Read below why to see why you should add them to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, and anything else you can think of!

6 facts about chia seeds:

Chia seeds

1. A great filler – this is very good for thickening up your smoothies as they absorb a significant amount of fluids. This is also fantastic 4 appetite suppression, you safe for longer which is great if you’re trying to lose weight.

2. Easier to digest then flaxseed– the trick around that one is to just buy ground flax seeds which I will be talking about in a future post. Chia seeds absorb so much fluid that they are able to break down into your body much easier than flax seeds do. All those awesome nutrients that are packed in this itty-bitty seed.

3. Decrease blood pressure and balance sugar levels – the nutrients in them have been shown to help lower your blood pressure and they also help with the way your body absorbs sugar. This is great because it helps your body absorb the sugar at a more steady rate meaning no big sugar spikes.

Chia Seeds macro 2

4. Nutrient rich – they are loaded with Omega 3’s, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and are a surprisingly good source of protein. You can get 4 grams of protein in one tablespoon!

5. Helps with regularity – since they expand so much in your body, they work as a little bit of a sweeper for your tract. Their (link to fiber post) fiber content also helps your body as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber sources.

6. Versatile – they have a mild flavor so you can add them to just about everything. I recently read that you can  grind them up into flour and bake with it. It’s amazing how many things you can do with them!

Ways to use:
Chia seed gel: Can be a good snack for some people if you add the chia seeds to some water and wait 10 to 15 minutes for them to absorb the liquid. It makes the nutrients readily available so you just eat the gel. Note: I have not tried this one yet as I just found out about it, and just ran out of chia seeds. I will try it, and get back to you as soon as I can.

Grind them in a coffee grinder to use as a type of flour.

Can add it to smoothies as seen below for my banana melon smoothie, oatmeal, salads and yogurt.

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Extra facts:

Is from the mint family, named Salvia hispanica and was eaten by the Aztecs so it’s been around for quite some time.

Is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Australia, and Ecuador.

You can store these safely for years without them losing their nutritional value which is fantastic.

The mild flavor allows it to be used in just about everything.

Their 20 to 30% oil content is the reason for their high omega-3 fatty acid content.

Tell me, have you ever use chia seeds? Did you know they could be used for things other than growing little pets? What is your favorite way to use them? I personally, love to add them to my smoothies! I hope you have a lovely day!

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