Continuing our look at superfoods, this time we’ll look at chia seeds. Admittedly, I had heard a lot about these little seeds but had never tried them.

Once I started reading about their many benefits, I could not wait to try them.  For such tiny little seeds, they are truly a powerhouse food that can be used in many different ways.

Chia seeds are part of the mint family and are native to Central America and have been widely used by the Aztec Indians and reportedly led to increases in endurance and strength.

Once the rest of the world discovered this, the popularity of the chia seed spread to other parts of the world.

Here are some of the many benefits of chia seeds:

  • Extremely versatile – can be eaten raw or added to food and drinks
  • Deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories
  • Contain a high concentration of omega-3 acids – more than salmon
  • Great source of fiber and potassium
  • Low in cholesterol and sodium
  • Can be used as an egg replacement in baked goods and other dishes – great for vegans
  • 1 serving size includes 18 of recommended calcium and 4 grams of protein
  • Has been shown to provide surges of energy during and after a workout
  • Helps balance blood sugar by slowing down the body’s conversion of starches into sugars
  • Soaked in water, they form a gel and can thicken smoothies and oatmeal and are great in yogurt
  • Has a subtle nutlike flavor
  • Absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite – adding an ounce can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density of foods, while doubling the amount of fiber you receive

Need some ideas how to use chia seeds?  Try these ideas:

Chia Seed Muffins

Protein Energy Bites

Chocolate Chia Pudding

How do you like to use chia seeds?

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