I wanted to tell you some of the benefits of eating chia seeds…
Chia seeds are a superfood rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body, and therefore, help to prevent premature skin aging as well as support the immune system.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, meaning they promote good digestion through bowel regularity. In addition, it is believed that chia seeds function as a prebiotic food, supporting the growth and development of healthy bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract. (To learn more about the importance of good gut bacteria, read my last blog post!)
Chia seeds are high in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. These minerals support strong, healthy bones. Chia seeds are also rich in copper, sulphur, iron, iodine and zinc.
In addition to being rich in minerals, chia seeds are also rich in vitamins, such as Vitamins A, B, D and E.
Chia seeds are extremely high in protein. In fact, they are rated one of the best plant based sources of protein.
Not only do chia seeds have all these health benefits, but also they have been used for thousands of years. Chia seeds were a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia actually comes from the Mayan language and means “strength.” Aztec warriors relied on chia seeds to give them strength, increase their energy and boost their stamina. Today, many athletes use chia seeds for these same reasons!
To harness the many health benefits of chia seeds, make chia seeds part of your everyday routine! If you’re unsure how to make them a convenient part of your lifestyle, start with my chia seed pudding:
Chia Seed Pudding:
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon raw honey
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Chia seed pudding is delicious on its own, but is also a great option eaten with fruit, such as bananas and blueberries, dried fruit, or soaked nuts. It makes a great breakfast, mid-morning snack, or even lunch. Because of the high amount of protein, fat and fiber, chia seed pudding will fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours!
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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