Currently taking the world of healthy foods by storm, chia seeds are one of the newest super foods. Packed full of vital nutrients, and carrying many health benefits, these seeds are a great addition to any healthy diet!
Tiny, flat, oval-shaped seeds, the chia seeds were believed to have been a staple food for the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The seeds come from a flowering plant called Salvia hispanica L, which is a member of the mint family. They can be found in white, black or dark brown varieties. Legends tell of the Aztecs and Mayans using the chia seeds as a source of energy.
There may be some truth to the legends! With a rather large list of health benefits and nutritional values, the reasons to add chia seeds to your diet will leave you wondering why you waited this long!
As outlined in the video, the benefits of consuming chia seeds include:
Great source of Fiber!
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly
Aid in Weight Loss
High in Antioxidants
Can be used for ‘Breading’
They are Organic, Raw & Non-GMO
Support Healthy Bones
One of the Top Sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Excellent source of Plant Protein
Beneficial for your Digestive System
Work to Detoxify the Body
They’re a Natural Beauty Food
Seed Up Your Drink
They Have a Long Shelf Life
Enhance Your Mood
Promote Heart Health & Fight Diabetes
Suitable for a Low Carb Diet
Abundant in Phosphorus
Make Great Dessert
Reduce your Risk of Colon Cancer
They Contain Manganese
Add Them to Your Greens
Combat Belly Fat
With so many great reasons to consume chia seeds, the bigger question is how to add them to your daily meal plan!
From super easy, to incredible complex, there are far too many uses to share. The easiest is simply to add chia seeds to your water. When the seeds are soaked in water they create a gel like coating. This coating makes the seeds easy to swallow in your water (or other drink of choice). If you would prefer something with a little more flavor, add chia seeds to your favorite juice, or include it in your smoothies.
The seeds can be mixed into yogurt or oatmeal, make chia pudding, or sprinkle them on top of your salad. A quick search on the internet will turn up countless recipes, including them in jams, pizza, muffins, cookies and more!