CHIA SEEDS by Vickie Kline

Chia seeds are a funny little item often overlooked, but are coming to the forefront with so many people eating grain-free or gluten-free. Chia seeds are tiny black and white seeds initially found in Aztec and Mayan times. They have many health benefits, and are gaining in popularity. So, if you’re looking for a healthful item for snacks, to enhance drinks, cook with, or add to your health-conscious eating routine, consider Chia seeds.

Seven reasons to consider Chia seeds:

  1. Chia seeds assist in weight loss by reducing food cravings. This is reportedly accomplished by preventing some foods from being absorbed into your system; it basically works as a calorie blocker.
  2. Chia seeds help you feel more full. The seeds will absorb ten times their weight in water and form a bulky gel, keeping you fuller longer.
  3. Chia seeds will keep you hydrated with this bulky gel; especially helpful for athletes.
  4. Evidence suggests chia seeds will reduce blood pressure.
  5. Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega-3, which helps protect against inflammation.
  6. People with diabetes can benefit from Chia seeds because they slow down how quickly our bodies convert carbohydrates to simple sugars; this is a plus for anyone working to control blood sugar.
  7. Chia seeds help prevent Diverticulitis by increasing fiber intake.

Also, Chia seeds:

  1. Contain more fatty acids than salmon
  2. Double the antioxidants found in blueberries
  3. Have six times more calcium than milk
  4. Have six times more iron than spinach
  5. Provide 41% of your daily fiber in one serving
  6. Provide natural extended energy
  7. Have two times the amount of protein as any grain
  8. Have two times the amount of potassium as a banana

Not sure how to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet? There are a number of ways.

Chia seeds have a very subtle taste, meaning you can add them to anything you eat or drink. The seeds will enhance the nutrients, but not alter the flavor. You can add Chia seeds to a glass or bottle of water to drink, or to your beverage of choice such as coffee, iced tea, and juices. Let the seeds sit for a minute to soak up the liquid. If the seeds sit longer than that, your drink will transform into a gel, which you can eat by the spoonful. This is something you can make ahead of time and leave in the refrigerator to eat at a later time if you wish.

If you’re having a salad, sprinkle Chia seeds on top… or add to yogurt. The seeds can be sprinkled on fish, steak, veggies, or soup too.

Chia seeds are a great addition to a grain-free and gluten-free diet. By adding a few spoonfuls a day to what you are already eating or dinking, you will soon begin to notice the health benefits.

Strive to be healthy!

Information shared courtesy of:

http://nuts.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/PlanetKitchen

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wayne Coates
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 20:50:43

    over 100 free chia recipes at http://www.drcoateschia.com

    Reply

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