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Chia Seeds Are Good For You

Updated on July 9, 2013

Chia A Tiny Superfood

I was excited to discover Chia seeds several years ago. Their health benefits of this little seed is phenomenal. The seed comes from a flowering plant that's part of the mint family.

It's native to South and central America and was raised by the Mayans and Aztec. Chia seeds health benefits are skill appreciated in South America and have grown in popularity in the U.S.

The chia seed are superior source of fiber, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3. They're packed with antioxidants and full of protein. The Aztec even used them for joint pain and skin conditions.

I like the nutlike flavor and the fact that they can be store for a very long time without going rancid.

Chia Seeds Health Benefits

They're packed with nutrition

Chia seeds is a great source of Fiber. Comparable to psyllium, chia expands helping the body soothe and cleanse the colon and absorbs toxins.

They're gluten free and when soaked a liquid they are tasteless and won't affect the flavor of your food when added to it.

Chia seeds help reduce blood pressure. They are packed with antioxidant. In fact they contain more antioxidants than fresh blueberries.

They assist in weight loss, curb appetite and reduce sugar cravings. By reducing glucose levels diabetics will benefit greatly.

Chia contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other natural source making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids. Omega-3 has helped those suffering with mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder.

They're high quality protein and you can substitute one tablespoon of chia seeds, and two tablespoons of water for one egg. They can easily be digested unlike flax seeds that have to be ground up before ingesting them

Vanilla Chia Pudding recipe

For Breakfast or anytime

Vanilla chia pudding

Ingredients

2 cups cows milk ( I prefer almond milk)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup honey or agave ( I've used stevia and it works well)

Prep

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, honey and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine.

2. Refrigerate 4 hours, stirring once halfway through.

3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Chia Seeds Are Packed With Nutrition

There just plain good for you

Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, antioxidants, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

- It has five times calcium than whole milk

- It's Non GMO

- It's Gluten free

- Three times more iron than spinach

- Fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli

- There no Oder

- It doesn't go rancid

- There's no sodium

- Large amount of vitamin B

Chia Seeds Are Great For Everyone

Recipes Using Chia Seeds

Try them anytime

Basic Chia Gel.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 cup of liquid

In aglassl, add the seeds to the liquid, and whisk them in with a fork or whisk.

After a few minutes you will need to whisk the gel again to make sure seeds

don’t clump together in the bottom of your bowl.

Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.This allows the seeds to absorb the liquid. Two tablespoons of chia seeds to one cup of liquid makes a very thick gel.

Merry Berry Smoothie – simple and quick

Ingredients:

1 and a half cups of apple juice

1 cup of mixed berries frozen or fresh

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Soak the chia seeds in the apple juice for 10 minutes or so. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. For a creamier smoothie, add 2 tablespoons of yogurt or half a banana. Mix in a blender

Side Effects Of The Seed

Somethings to look out for

Omega-3 can thin blood so check with your doctor if you take blood thinners, aspirin or planning surgery.

Since Chia seeds are 25 percent fiber they can cause gas and bloating.

If you are allergic to sesame or mustard seeds you could have problems with Chia seeds. Pay attention if you start to have any reactions.

The seeds have been known to lower blood pressure

Avoid low quality seeds from china buy only certified production.

Have you tried chia seeds?

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I've never tried them, it's interesting to find out more about their health benefits. I love the idea of just tossing them into a pudding or smoothie, it's a good way to get some extra nutrients!