These tiny and unusual seeds are not only healthy but can also help you lose weight quickly. So the question is: What are the benefits of eating Chia seeds and how exactly do they help with weight loss?
Chia seeds are funny looking egg-shaped seeds. If you look at them closely, they are actually quite beautiful with little specks and swirls of black, brown and white fibers. Although these seeds are quite small, they pack a powerful healthy punch and an impressive amount of nutrients!
“A Little History”
Chia seeds are from the chia plant, known as Salvia hispanica, and have been cultivated around the world for over 500 years. These kernels were one of the 3 primary foods of the ancient Aztecs, Tehuantepecs, Mayas, and Indians. Warriors back in the days did not have access to Power Bars but they did have chia seeds! They ate chia seeds for increased energy and endurance.
Chia seeds nutrition
You would be surprised to learn how much nutrients are packed in that tiny, almost microscopic seed! Below is a list of nutrients found in a one ounce servingof chia seeds.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (2 tablespoon serving of chia seeds provide over 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which is a lot more than a plate of fish)
- Protein (2x the protein of any other seed)
- Minerals (iron, boron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus)
1. Provides energy, strength, and endurance.
2. Levels blood sugar.
3. Aids intestinal regularity.
4. Keeps you full.
How To Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are extremely versatile and tasteless which makes it quite easy to incorporate into your meals. The best way to eat chia seeds is to soak them in a liquid of your choice to make a gel. They will absorb all that liquid within 10 minutes, and take on an interesting halo-like appearance. Since chia seeds lack in flavor of their own, they distribute and take on the taste of whatever food or drink you add them to.
- Blend them in your smoothies
- Mix them with juice
- Mix them with almond milk (or regular milk) to make pudding
- Bake with them! Add to bread, muffin, cookies, or recipes that usually calls for sesame seeds
- Sprinkle them in yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or salads
- Add it to a bottle of water and take it on your next hike!