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Chia Fresca

Updated on January 22, 2016
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About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are easy to store and use. They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water. But while consuming chia seeds are likely to get stuckin your teeth so u were warned.

Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca really boosts energy level. I sure feel happy as well as hydrated when i drink chia fresca.When i have some amount fo chia seeds, I like to enjoy it with coconut water for a natural potassium boost after a tough workout, we can even use water as it works well too.

Origin of Chia Seeds

The Chia plant is grown for its seeds which are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1mm(0.39 in) and are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. This seeds are hydrophilic. It can absorb upto 12 times of its weight in liquid when soaked. When it is soaked it develops a mucilaginous gel like coating that gives chia based beveragesa distinctive texture. This seeds are mostly consumed in Mexico and the southern United states. In 2008, Australia was its largest producers. A similar species is used in the same way but are not grown commercially for food named Salvia columbariae or golden chia.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 105
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 4 g8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

10 reasons to add Chia seeds in your diet

Combats Diabetes

Chia has been proved to naturally fight type 2 diabetes as it has ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

Get More Fiber

Just a mere 28 grams of chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you're getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.

Stock up on Omega-3

As we know chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which are very important for human brain. "There's better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed," said researcher Wayne Coates.

Stronger bones and teeths

A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

Don't forget Manganese

Manganese isn't a well-known nutrient, but it's important for our health: it's good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.


Phosphorus dose

With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body tosynthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.


Pack in the Protien

Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don't have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.


Fight Belly Fight

Chia's stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.

Get full faster

Trytophan, an amino acid found in turkey is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.


Improve your Health

According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water or cocnut water
  • 1.5 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Add chia seeds and water into a jar or glass and stir very. Let it rest for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up.
  2. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine and enjoy!

Note:

Chia seeds will sink and collect at the bottom of the glass quickly. Give it a good stir as needed and enjoy your Chia Fresca.

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