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Chia Seeds for Vegetarians

Updated on June 19, 2011

Chia Seeds for Vegetarians

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, so they are a great way for anyone to get more protein in their diet. Vegetarians have completely cut meat products out, so they need to find protein in other sources. Beans, tofu and flax seed are all great and tasty options. But, chia seeds should also be considered as a low calorie and easy way to get a nutritional boost.

These seeds are high in potassium, protein and calcium. Many vital minerals and proteins that vegetarians could find them selves deficient in can be found in chia seeds. Vegetarians also tend to lack iron, which chia seeds have three times more iron than spinach. Chia seeds also have large amounts of omega-3s and omega-6, as well as antioxidants. Chia seeds provide energy, boost endurance, level blood sugar and aids in intestinal regularity.

Chia seeds can be bought inexpensively, and can be stored for a very long time. Since these seeds have an extremely high level of antioxidants, also good for vegetarians, they do not go rancid. Chia seeds do not have to be ground before added to the baked good or meal. Since chia seeds are a raw food, they do have to be cooked and therefore can be enjoyed by raw foodists.

To add chia seeds to your usual vegetarian diet you have a couple of different options. Adding some water to cover the seeds will produce a gel. Using this scentless, tasteless gel you will be able to cut the fat in most recipes. You can add the gel to smoothies, baked goods, salad dressings, pudding or granolas. You can also eat the seeds whole, sprinkling them into salads or granola, or blending them to make “chia flour.” These are just some options and ideas. Once you have practiced cooking and baking with them, you can search the internet for many different recipes and suggestions.

While vegetarians need to be extra cautious of their protein intake, meat eaters alike can benefit from chia seeds. All of the health benefits of chia seeds are positive, making chia seeds to be a important part of a healthy diet. These seeds are inexpensive, and can easily be added into whatever meal or treat you are making them. There is no reason why anyone should miss out on all the positive benefits of chia.

If anyone would like to tell us your recipes or how you eat your chia seeds please email us at , would also love to hear how they have improved any health problems. Thanks


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      Joel Lipman 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I love chia seeds. but people should know that the seeds that come with the Chia pet..are not safe to eat. those are industrial grade and not a good idea to eat those. I definitely advise soaking them in water (and most seeds for that matter) for a variety of reasons.

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      nettynoo 6 years ago

      Yes you are correct, I have the information in another article.

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      TajSingh 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub! It is said that chia was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times.