Charming Chia!

Many of us remember the clever Chia pet commercials.

And if you’re like me and that’s the only exposure to Chia seeds you have, it sounds really strange to hear someone say you should eat the seeds…but they’re a powerful source of nutrition!! And because they’re so small, there are a ton of different ways you can easily incorporate little spoonfuls into your diet, and get HUGE benefits!!

A little back story on these little seeds. They actually date back to around 910 BC, and were a megafood that Incan, Mayan, and Aztec used. Chia actually stems from the word for “Strength” and it is said that 1 tablespoon is enough nutrition to sustain a person for 24 hours! These seeds were carried in little pouches of running messengers, and have recently started making a comeback! Okay, so great, some historic people ate seeds thousands of years ago…but what does that mean now??

Well, Chia seeds have:

1. Twice as much protein of any other seed or grain
2. 5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that
helps transfer calcium into your bones
3. Twice as much potassium as bananas
4. 3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
5. 3 times more iron than spinach
6. Massive amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids (AKA the good fats you need!)

In addition to all that, they are antioxidants, and level out blood sugar which is key for warding off Type 2 diabetes! They’re pretty inexpensive, and mild tasting, and they bulk up with liquids so you end up eaing way less than you normally would, and get a lot more nutrition! So what is your excuse for not eating them??

 

There are some raw food recipes out there for those who are really adventurous and have gotten used to chia seeds….but for those of you like me, who are not so adventurous, here are a couple ways to add chia seeds into your everyday diet!

* Mix a tablespoon into a smoothie
* Sprinkle a bit on a salad or sandwich
* Add to oatmeal
* Mix into yogurt with some granola
* Add to pudding as a nutritious substitute for tapioca
* Add them to a casserole

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