Chia seeds are small but have a lot of amazing benefits. They have been included in everything from protein bars, smoothies to pudding. This is great news that the word of how beneficial chia seeds are spreading.
What Exactly is Chia Seeds
Chia seeds come from the desert plan Slavia hispanica and believed to have an orgin from Central America were it was a staple in the Aztec diet.
Chia seeds have been named a source of omega-3 fatty acid and an excellent source of fiber. Some research suggests that including chia seeds along with a healthy diet may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure (as always do your own research and seek professional medical advice) J
What are the health benefits of Chia Seeds
- Digestion and Relieve Constipation (Fiber) – Thats correct they can help you go to the bathroom. The fiber that chia seeds provide can definitely have you running to the bathroom
- Weight management and loss – Because of the fiber in chia seeds it can assist your weight loss/management. We know that fiber makes you feel full faster and longer
- Antioxidants – Yep thats right. They are an amazing source of antioxidants.
- Protein – Chia seeds provide that macronutrient of protein to help you meet your daily goal.
Whole or Ground?
It does not matter if you grind them or if you eat them whole. The benefits are the same and easily breaks down unlike other seeds.
Easy Way to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet
Add it to water or juice. My favorite way to get chia seeds in my diet is to add it to my smoothie (Link Summer Smoothie). You can make pudding, add it to your oat meal, on top of your avocado toast, or make some jam.
Eating a plant based diet I also make an egg replacement using chia seeds.
Here are some great chia seed recipes that are easy to make.
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Craving chocolate? this pudding will definitely ease those cravings.
Oatmeal Chia Cookies Who doesn’t love a good oatmeal cookie? This cookie is easy to make and has a lot of healthy ingredients
Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops These pudding pops are a wonderful way to cool off and relax during a hot summer day.
Have you tried chia seeds before? If so how do you like them?