Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chia Seeds. Not Just for Chia Pets Anymore.

What the heck is floating in your water?

I get that question a lot. The answer is chia seeds. Yup the same chia seeds that you use on these guys...

So why in the world would I add chia seeds to my water. Believe it or not chia seeds are kind of a secret super food. Well not so secret because the Aztecs and Mayan understood the important of the chia seed (those guys were always so on trend!) Those tiny little guys are filled with nutrients that are really good for your body and brain. Here is what is packed into 1 oz of chia seeds.
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of fat, 5 of which are Omega-3's!
  • 18% of the recommended daily allowance in calcium
  • 30% of the recommended daily allowance in magnesium
  • 27% of the recommended daily allowance of phosphorus
They also are high in antioxidants and are 40% fiber by weight. They are one of the best sources of fiber in the world! They are also great to help you feel full longer. How? Well chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in water by becoming gel like and fill your stomach for longer. 

Chia seeds are really easy to incorporate into your daily meals. They don't really have a taste so you can sprinkle them into cereal, oatmeal, rice, ice cream, salads, muffins, really anything. Or you can just dump an ounce in your daily water. The gel-like seeds are kinda of like mini-bobas. 

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