Have you tried chia seeds yet? If not, this is one powerful superfood I recommend adding to your diet. They are small but packed with nutritional goodness. Traditional cultures like the Aztecs consumed these tiny black seeds as a form of medicine and healing. See my top 5 benefits of chia below:
1. Great for digestion
Chia seeds are fantastic for improving digestion and regularity – they are easily digestible and packed with 11 grams of fiber per ounce. The seeds act like a broom, sweeping away old accumulated waste and cleansing your intestinal tract.
2. Help you lose weight naturally
Chia absorb up to 12 times their weight and expand in your stomach, helping you feel full and satisfied, preventing overeating. With two times the amount of protein of any other seed or grain, the high protein content helps curb your appetite, leading to natural weight loss.
3. Excellent source of Omega-3s
Omega-3s are critical for brain functioning and serve as a natural anti-inflammatory in the body. Chia seeds contain five grams per one ounce serving, more omega-3s than salmon!
4. Build strong bones and teeth
Chia seeds have five times the calcium of milk and also contain boron – the trace mineral which helps you absorb calcium into your bones. Try adding the seeds to yogurt, kefir or coconut milk with a bit of cut up fruit or honey for a healthy, calcium packed treat.
5. Energizing and easy
When consumed, the nutrients from chia are easily assimilated, providing steady, clear energy in the body. The longer the seeds are left to soak, the more their nutrients will be readily available you. Chia is especially energizing for athletes – the amazing water absorbing properties help you stay hydrated for longer and aids in retaining electrolytes.
*The best thing is, using chia is easy – to make a chia seed gel, soak in 1/3 cup of seeds in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Or simply add seeds to smoothies, yogurt, granola or sprinkle onto salads. ENJOY!