The Amazing Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds
By Lindsay Sibson
For anybody that also grew up in the 80’s, I’m sure you can easily recall lusting after the chia pet commercial as a child. Back in the days when your biggest decision was what chia animal to choose – the dog? Turtle? Kitty? Puppy? Oh, the options seemed endless!
But did you know that those little blacks seeds also have incredible health benefits when consumed? And don’t worry, you won’t sprout any weird looking green hairs!
What Is Chia?
Chia is a species of a flowering plant in the mint family whose seeds are reaped for their health qualities. And don’t let their little size fool you – chia seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch!
- Chia is commercially grown for its seed because of its:
- Rich content of omega-3 fatty acids
- Great source of B vitamins
- Excellent source of dietary minerals
- Just 1 ounce (28 grams, approx. 2 tbsp) of chia seeds contains: 11 grams fiber, 4 grams protein, 9 grams fat (5 of which are Omega-3s), 18% of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) calcium, 30% manganese, 30% magnesium, 27% phosphorus, as well as an ample amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (Niacin), vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2, and potassium
By incorporating chia seeds into your daily diet, you can experience these amazing health benefits:
- Reduces hunger, energizing, increases satiety
- Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories
- Packed with fiber
- High in quality protein
- Omega-3’s reduce symptoms of depression and mood disorders
|Protect Against Disease
- Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants
- Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals (which damage cells and can lead to diseases such as cancer)
- Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight
- Fiber feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestines and gut
- Chia seeds are high in many important bone nutrients (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, protein)
The best news of all is that chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet.
Here are 5 simple ways to start using chia seeds TODAY:
1. Sprinkle them on top of your dishes (they taste bland and can blend in with everything – yogurt, cereal, rice and vegetables).
2. Add them to your baked goods.
3. Blend them with your morning smoothie.
4. Mix with soups or sauces to thicken them.
5. Use as a breading for chicken or fish (grind it into a powder).
Note that chia seeds will thicken any liquid you add them to so be aware of this and consume your liquid items soon after adding chia seeds to avoid too thick of a consistency. This is actually why so many runner carry chia-packs on long runs. It not only fuels their workouts, but keeps them satiated all the way through.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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