Remember when you were younger and they would show those “just add water” plants to make them grow? Turns out those had chia seeds in it! Crazy! Years later, I’m adding these little seeds to my salads, yogurts, oats, and even making my own pudding out of it. Today we’re going cha cha chia crazy 😉
So… what are chia seeds? These tiny things come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which can be found in South America. It turns out that our world has been eating them since the days of the Mayans. For one serving of chia seeds (28 grams/one ounce) you get the following: 4g of protein, 12g of carbs (11g of fiber), 9g of fat (5g’s are omega-3’s), 18% of your calcium RDA, 30% of your manganese RDA, and much more. That is insane. They’re also a low calorie option if you’re on a diet, at 60 calories per tablespoon.
I just listed a lot of numbers, and if you’re like me, you might’ve skipped over them and headed to the part that is easier to comprehend. I’ll break it down- chia seeds are LOADED with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals, which contribute to ageing and cancer. To break that down ever further- chia seeds help protect your body, and can do much more. Chia seeds can also help lower your cholesterol levels, but increase your HDL (aka the good type of cholesterol) and decrease inflammation.
As I mentioned in my Saturday Obsessions- Flaxseeds, flaxseeds contain quite a bit of omega-3’s. Well, it turns out that their seed friend does as well. Chia seeds contain more omega-3’s, gram for gram, than salmon. Considering almost 60% of Americans are lacking in omega-3’s, these can help you decrease that number if you fall into that category.
So you’re probably wondering how the heck you can fit these into your diet, as they can be a strange food to grasp. I admit, when my mom started putting these on my salads, I thought it felt like eating sand. They do not provide much taste, but I get it if the texture turns you off. You can sprinkle these on yogurts, cereal, oatmeal, or even greek yogurt toast! You can also create my Chia Seed Pudding 😉 Anyways, to recap- you need these in your diet, and I promise you you will get over the texture.
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