Chia stills brings Ch..ch..chh… chia to mind for many! You know you've seen the commercials, and you've probably even owned a Chia Pet (if you're lucky!). So now, what's this big craze about eating chia seeds? Chia Seeds seem to become the latest “hip” superfood, but how did they earn this reputation and what are the benefits of eating chia seeds?
Chia Seeds are a superfood for good reason! One serving (about 3 tablespoons) contains 10 grams of fiber and about 5 grams of protein! Did you know that chia seeds have two times the potassium a banana has? How about eight times more omega 3 than salmon? And even three times more iron than spinach! While chia seeds sort of resemble poppy seeds, they swell up like rice when they're soaked. This makes their consistency difficult for some folks to deal with. If you can get past the texture, chia seeds really are awesome! The best way to try them (at first) is in a recipe such as bread.
Tip: Soak your chia seeds before using them, and if you're cooking them, add the chia seeds last so you don't lose nutrients. Soak small amounts of chia seeds at a time – you will be amazed at how much they absorb!
Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are rich in protein. They help reduce inflammation, and are full of fiber so they promote healthy digestion as well. Chia seeds strengthen teeth and bones, and can even enhance your mood! Many people use chia seeds for weight loss because they're so high in protein and fiber. Whether you're trying them out as Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, making the leap and creating gluten-free chia tortillas, or “indulging” in one of the many chia pudding recipes, you'll notice the benefits almost immediately! Just like with other fibrous foods, start slow… you don't want to get your tummy all wonky on the first day!
Delicious Chia Seed Recipes
- Strawberry Chia Seed Smoothie
- Chocolate Chia Seed Cookies
- Lemon Poppy Seed Chia Loaf
- Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake
- Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets
- Chia and Pumpkin Seed Cookies
- Gluten-Free Blackberry Oat Bars
- More Chia Seed Recipes
Don't forget to follow my Chia Seed Recipe board on Pinterest for even more ideas on how to get this nutritional powerhouse into your diet!
Have you tried any chia seed recipes lately? Let me know in the comments!
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