The Importance of Chia Seeds

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? These are tiny little seeds that are native to South America. They have been part of the Aztec diets for centuries. Chia seeds are a “superfood” that you can easily add to your diet. They do not have much of a taste and offer many health benefits.

The Benefits of Chia Seeds

  1. Chia seeds have a range of benefits on your health.Omega-3 fatty acids – Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help reduce inflammation, and can help lower triglycerides and blood pressure
  1. Protein – These tiny seeds are packed with protein with 2g of protein per tablespoon.
  1. Fiber – One tablespoon contains 4g of dietary fiber. This is a great way to get your digestive system moving.
  1. Antioxidants – Chia seeds are reported to have 3x the amount of antioxidants than blueberries!
  1. Aide in weight loss – Chia seeds can hold 9-12 times their weight in water, making them help you to feel more full.

What do I do with them?

  1. Add them to any food you cook:

– Stir-fry

– Rice

– Soups

– Pasta

– Salads

  1. Put them in your drinks

Some people enjoy drinking chia seeds with the gel coat on the outside. You can commonly find chia seeds in Kombucha, a fermented sweet tea that you can find at your local health food store.

  1. Add them to your smoothies

Where can I buy Chia seeds?

– Wholefoods, sprouts, or any other health food store. They should be located in the vitamin section.

– Costco

– Online through Amazon

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