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Chia seeds

Good morning!

Sunshine is out and forecast is clear for the next week!  Thank goodness because we have a birthday party today and then I’m running in a 12k tomorrow.  I was not going to be a happy camper if it was raining this weekend.

Unfortunately the hubby has to work today so the love nugget and I are off to the birthday party solo.

This morning I wanted to post about chai seeds.  I shared a link on my facebook page the other day and am putting it in this post as well.  Chai seeds are amazing for you!  I add them into smoothies, protein balls, nut bars, granola bars, oatmeal, etc.  You can even make a pudding out of them!

This information is shared from The Fitness Dish blog.  Check her out if you have time!

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Chia is the nutritious seed of the plant Salvia hispanica, which is part of the mint family {they do not taste minty though, they have more of a “nutty” flavor}. This mighty seed is the ancient superfood of the Aztecs and Inca empires who consumed chia seeds for their vital nourishment. As a kid, I remember my mom spreading the chia seeds on the head of a planter that looked like…well….a head! Who knew that those seeds would end up being a staple in my diet someday?

Why eat them?

  • Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and vitamins including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc. I love them, but I know there have been mixed reviews by many. My take is you just have to find a way to add them into your diet that works for you, and that you will like. Even my 11 month old daughter loves them!
  • Aids in weight loss!  Chia seed’snutritional value will result in a healthier body, and therefore more energy. They are also known to control your appetite! And they expand, to make your food more filling!
  • Research shows they slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Making them a beneficial food for diabetics! {I have even heard of veterinarians prescribing chia seeds for cats with diabetes!}
  • The omega-3 fatty acid content of chia seeds is even greater than that of flax seeds! Omega 3′s can provide relief from the symptoms of conditions as diverse as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hypertension and joint pain.
  • Chia seeds are a muscle and tissue builder and an energizer of endurance with extensive hydration properties. {great for athletes…you can make a “gel” that’s much better than the processed stuff on the market!}
  • They contain 9% of the daily value for protein; 13% fat (57% of which is ALA); and 42% dietary fiber {based on a daily intake of 2000 calories}.
  • It binds to toxins in your intestines and helps to pass them through!

What do you do with them?

Chia has so many uses. The best way is to consume them raw, but not everyone has a palate for chia! Here are a few ways I like to incorporate them, and I will add some links at the bottom to some friends recipes! This way, there’s no excuse to hate them…unless you have tried them multiple ways. Personally, I love them every way!

  • You can sprinkle them on salads, oatmeal, in yogurt, sandwiches
  • Blend them into a smoothie, or mix them through nut butter
  • Bake with them, or use them as an egg replacer {1 Tablespoon chia seeds mixed in 3 Tablespoons warm water, let sit for 10-15 minutes}!
  • Grind them up and use them as a flour
  • Make homemade granola or protein bars/bites
  • toast them with some cinnamon and nuts to make a pie crust or a sugar-free cobbler base
  • Grind them, add to water and let it gel up to use in nut burgers, veggie burgers, sliders, etc
  • Skincare—use it as a natural exfoliate!!!

You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and natural sugar stevia to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as “chia fresca

I buy Chai seeds in bulk from Whole Foods but as they are becoming more popular you might be able to find them in your local grocery store.  I have not seen them at Trader Joe’s yet but hopefully they will start carrying them.  If you can’t find them, a great website to order natural foods and supplements from at great prices is iherb.com.

Try them!

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One comment on “Chia seeds

  1. I just bought these from Whole Foods to start putting in our smoothies and I love it!!!! So easy and so healthy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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