Chia Seeds

What are Chia Seeds?

         Chia seeds are edible seeds that come from a desert plant known as Salvia Hispanica. They were grown in Mexico as far back as Mayan and Aztec times. They are also a relative of the mint plant.

Health Benefits:

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  1. Massive Amount of Nutrients– They contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.
  2. Loaded with Antioxidants– They can fight the production of free radicals.
  3. Almost All the Carbs = Fiber– Since fiber does not raise blood sugar and does not require insulin, it technically should not be counted as a carb. Chia seeds are considered the best source of fiber in the world because they are 40% fiber by weight.
  4. High in Protein– They are a good source of protein for people that do not eat animal products.
  5. Help Lose Weight– Although by themselves they cannot help an individual lose weight, they work well with other weight loss strategies. The fiber in the seeds can absorb a large amount of water, which causes them to expand in the stomach. This can make a person feell fuller, which means they consume less food.
  6. High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids– They contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon.
  7. Improve Certain Blood Markers– This can cause a reduced risk of heart disease and Type II diabetes.
  8. Nutrients for Bones– Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein found in chia seeds are all important for bone health.
  9. Can Improve Exercise Performance– Since they are naturally known for their energy-boosting properties, people can substitute sports drinks for these magical little seeds.

How to Use It:

  • Can be added to smoothies
  • Used as an egg substitute
  • Mixed in water
  • Make chia seed pudding
  • Mix seeds in yogurt
  • Add seeds to thicken soup/add nutrients
  • Add seeds to salads/salad dressings

Easy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe:

Servings – 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk OR almond milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds 
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ¼ cup maple syrup OR sweetener of choice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

1.   You can either blend all the ingredients in a blender or just mix them in a large bowl

2.   Pour mixture into mason jars OR glass container

3.   Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours OR overnight (overnight usually produces the best outcome)

4.   Once pudding has formed, add any toppings of your choosing (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, granola…)