Chia seeds: chock-full of omega 3, protein and fiber. And it doesn’t end there. So it’s not without reason that chia seeds are one of the most popular super foods, if not the most popular.
In our hectic daily lives, we have become accustomed to quick and easy meals with little to no nutritional values. There’s little time for exercise after work or we are too tired and would rather watch some Netflix. It really is no wonder we have so many problems with obesity, intestinal problems and other medical issues. And it’s also no wonder why we like super foods so much. And in particular chia seeds.
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds come from the Mexican Salvia Hispanica plant and even though they are tiny in size, they are bursting with goodness. They have a slightly nutty flavor, but you will hardly notice it in your food.
Beneficial in losing weight
If you are trying to lose weight adding chia seeds to your daily diet may be beneficial. Since they are high in fiber they can prevent indigestion that sometimes occurs with dieting. There are also those who believe chia seeds may have a positive effect on blood glucose levels. If so, this can be useful for people who struggle with snacking after a meal. Also, since chia seeds are a source of protein, adding them to your meals can make you feel full longer. If this isn’t a good reason to add chia seeds to your daily diet!
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Source of protein
Your muscles need protein and if you are exercising they need it even more. After exercising your muscles need protein to repair and rebuild. Chia seeds contain all nine essential amino acids, the ones your body can not produce on it’s own. Therefore adding chia seeds to your post workout shake may be a good idea.
But not just your muscles can benefit from the extra protein, also your hair, nails and skin need protein to stay in a good condition.
High in Omega-3
Omega-3 is important for a healthy heart, and consuming it may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is said that of all plant-based sources, chia seeds are the richest in omega-3. This is very good news if you live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
How to eat chia seeds
Well that’s easy! Add them to your smoothies or yogurt. Throw them in your oatmeal or add them to your shakes. Sprinkle a few over your salad.
Just make sure to never toss a spoonful in your mouth as they can clog your throat if you drink a glass of water afterwards. Also don’t overdo it. Since chia seeds are very high in fiber you don’t want to eat too much of them as this can cause bloating and constipation. It is advised to not take more than 2 tablespoons per day. But if you feel this is too much for you, simply take less. So as is with everything, moderation is key.
Finally we would like to inform you about a lesser know but highly useful fact about chia seeds. You can use them as an egg replacement in several dishes such as waffles or pancakes. Make sure you don’t have to replace more than 2 eggs. To replace 1 egg you add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water. Stir and let it rest for about 15 minutes so the mixture can become a bit jelly.
Now your chia ‘egg’ is ready for use.