What are chia seeds and why should you be eating them? Chia seeds, yes the ch-ch-ch-chia of TV fame, come from the mint plant and are incredibly healthy for you. These little seeds are provide a massive amount of nutrients with few calories! High in protein and fiber, they have been proven to aid in weight loss and even reduce blood pressure.
Fun fact: “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Legend has it that the Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds to fuel performance.
Here’s what a serving of chia seeds looks like:
Here are a few reasons why you should be including these seeds in your diet:
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect our cells from the damages of free radicals which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer. They can also keep our skin in great condition, which may translate to fewer wrinkles!
They’re a good source of protein
A serving of chia has 4 grams of protein. That may not sound like a lot but when paired with nuts or other proteins it really adds up.
Chia seeds are packed with fiber
Two tablespoons of chia sees have 10 grams of fiber. That’s twice as much as a bowl of oatmeal. Fiber keeps the body regular and can help prevent chronic disease.
They’re full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A one ounce serving of chia seeds has nearly 5 grams of omega 3’s, which is the same amount found in 4 ounces of salmon. That’s great news for anyone who is not a fan of eating fish every day!
Chia seeds are high in calcium
Chia seeds provide 18 percent of your daily calcium needs, perfect for those who stay away from dairy. Calcium is essential for bone health.
Chia seeds are tasteless so throw some into your favorite oatmeal or smoothie recipe for an added nutrition boost. When they get wet they become gelatinous, making them perfect for jellies, puddings and smoothies.
For those feeling a bit more creative, here are 7 super simple recipes:
Blackberry Chia Seed Jam by Two Peas and Their Pod
Strawberry Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl by Tastes of Lizzy T
Chia Fresca by Oh She Glows
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding by Minimalist Baker
Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers by The Iron You
Peanut Butter Chia Seed Energy Bars – Low Carb and Gluten Free by All Day I Dream About Food
Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothie by A Beautiful Mess