Chia, The Super Seeds

March 13, 2014

I first learned of chia seeds from a former co-worker and dear friend. He literally said, “chia seeds, like what you use on a chia pet.” He was referring to the little black things swimming in his kombucha, a lightly fermented tea drink he had just opened. He poured some in a small cup and asked me to try it.

I have to admit, I hated it. It was sour and gelatinous and generally not tasty.

The gelatinous texture was actually due to the chia seeds so I was instantly turned off.

After some research, I decided to try chia seeds again but in my morning smoothie instead. I really didn’t notice their presence other than the way they made the smoothie thicker. This thickness occurs because chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water and causes them to create that gelatinous substance around them. This process helps hydrate your body.

There are so many amazing benefits to chia seeds that it’s worth their price. Here are some of the benefits of chia seeds:

-They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation that causes arthritis and heart disease.

-Chia seeds are high in antioxidants which help prevent cancer and aging.

-These little seeds are high in protein and can lower bad cholesterol.

-Chia seeds help you feel fuller and help regulate insulin levels.

-Just two tablespoons contain one third of the daily recommended intake of fiber. They have more potassium than banana and more calcium than milk.

The price of chia seeds is a bit steep so I would recommend shopping around and buying from the bulk section.

Keep a small container of them at work to throw in some yogurt or make an overnight smoothie with them at home!

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