Chia seeds are one of my new favorite superfoods. These ancient seeds were commonly consumed by people in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, Chia even got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.” They are considered a “superfood” because they pack in so many nutrients with a minimum of calories.
3 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
1) Chia seeds are a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids and unlike flaxseeds, you don’t need to grind them up to receive the benefits. When compared to salmon, ounce for ounce, Chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFAs), like omega-3, are anti-inflammatory, help keep joints healthy, ease pain and reduce swelling. EFAs also support heart health, help with depression, stress, arthritis and menopause.
2) Chia seeds have a high fiber content about 11 grams of fiber in 2 tablespoons (1 ounce). Fiber is important for all aspects of health, especially digestion, it can also aid in weight loss because it makes you feel fuller by soaking up fluid and expanding in your digestive tract.
3) 1 ounce of Chia seeds contains antioxidants, 4 grams of protein and more calcium than a serving of skim milk!
3 Easy Food Ideas
|My version of Rasberry Chia seed pudding|
1) I’ve made Chia seed pudding. The seeds become gel-like when mixed with liquid. On my pintrest recipe board, I have several Chia pudding recipes you can check out.
2) Chia seeds have a very mild, nutty flavor that makes them easy to add to foods and drinks. I often include a tablespoonful of seeds in my smoothies.
3) You can also sprinkle Chia seeds on your cereal, yogurt or salads and mix it into drinks.