7 Ways To Enjoy One Of The Healthiest Seeds In The World
By Drew Canole
I LOVE chia seeds! They are so versatile and they are loaded with impressive benefits given their tiny structure!
Calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sodium, copper, magnesium, manganese, Omega 3’s, alpha linolenic and linoleic (essential fatty acids), protein, vitamins A E B and D, mucin
If you haven’t ever used chia seeds, now is the time to start! Chia are believed to have been a staple in Mayan, Aztec and Incan diets. In the mayan language Chia means ‘strength’. Chia seeds were taken by runners to help with endurance and hydration.
For a tiny little seed, these certainly pack a powerful nutritional punch!
Chia seeds, because of their soluble fiber, dissolve when mixed with water to form a sort of gelatin. This makes them especially beneficial for endurance runners and other athletes because they help you stay hydrated for longer periods of time.
Because they also expand in the stomach and are believed to slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, they are an excellent appetite suppressant and aid weight management. They can easily be used as a substitute in recipes to add bulk but not calories.
Chia seeds may also help with post-menopausal symptoms.
Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants that prevent their fat content from going rancid. These same antioxidants help to prevent against excess free radicals in the body that otherwise cause premature signs of aging. A diet rich in antioxidants has also been shown to reduce risk of cancer.
Chia seeds are thought to aid blood sugar regulation, heart health and bone strength. .
7 Ways to Enjoy Chia Seeds:
#1 Add to water
Sometimes I like to add a sprinkle of chia seeds to my morning lemon water.
#2 Smoothies & Juices
Chia seeds are easy to throw into your favorite juice and smoothie recipes for some added nutrients and thickness.
Here are some of my favorite recipes:
Choco-Motion Fat Burner Smoothie
Banana Wild Blueberry Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Blueberry and Chia Seed Smoothie
Watermelon Chia Seed Juice
#3 Salad topping/dressing
Even if you don’t like the taste of chia seeds (which is actually very mild), you can sprinkle them in a salad and not even notice they’re there. Like poppy-seed dressing? Chia seeds can mimic poppy seeds and add a little crunch to your dressings.
Food Babe’s Chia Seed Fruit Salad
Italian Salad Dressing (with chia)
Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette
Chia seeds are fun to sprout because of their tiny size- and once sprouted they are bursting with extra enzymes and nutrients.
Click here to learn how to sprout chia seeds.
#5 Ingredient in crackers and granola
Chia Seed Granola
Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds
Chia Seed Crispbread Crackers
#6 Vegan Cacao Cashew Chia Pudding
#7 Quinoa Blueberry Chia Breakfast Bowl
Vegan Cacao Cashew Chia Pudding
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (carrageenan-free)
- 3 tablespoons organic chia seeds
- ⅓ cup unsalted cashews
- ¼ cup additional sliced or chopped cashews (as decoration)
- 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder or ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
- Optional: small amount of natural sweetener, like pure maple syrup or raw honey to taste
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into small bowls and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Top with chopped nuts and cacao nibs and enjoy!
Chia seeds are a worthy addition to any diet. You can buy them in bulk at most health food stores or find them online at places like Thrive Market.
Quinoa Blueberry Chia Breakfast Bowl
- 1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (be sure to rinse well if not pre-rinsed already)
- 1 cup almond/coconut milk (carrageenan free)
- A pinch of himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup fresh blueberries
- Optional: pure maple syrup, raw organic honey or stevia for added sweetness
- In a jar or bowl, add chia seeds and quinoa.
- In separate container mix almond milk, salt, and sweetener of choice.
- Add wet mix to the dry mix.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for 8 hours. (This is an easy and delicious way to take your breakfast on the go!)
- Remove from fridge, mix well and stir in blueberries. Enjoy!
To keep them fresh for longer, freeze or refrigerate them.
What’s your favorite way to use chia seeds?
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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