Recommended Serving Size: 1-1/2 tablespoons twice per day
Chia is an edible seed that has been grown in South America for a long time. “Chia” means strength. In Aztec and Mayan cultures, they were used to boost energy.
2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5 grams of omega-3), 18% of your daily dose of calcium, 30% magnesium + zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. That’s more Omega-3 than a serving of salmon and more calcium than a glass of milk. This amount has 137 calories and only1-gram carbohydrate. Calorie for calorie, chia seeds are one of the best sources of nutrients.
Why you should eat ‘em
- They can help with weight loss by reducing food cravings.
- They expand when added to liquid and form a gel: like, by 10 times their weight. This same expansion happens in your body. It’s possible this can help keep you full for longer.
- They hydrate the body and have been shown to be just as effective as sports drinks at recovering from a workout.
- They have been shown to reduce blood pressure.
- Omega-3 foods have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body
- The antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any other whole food.
Storage + Preparation:
Chia seeds have a mild, nutty taste and very easy to add into your diet – you can add them to almost anything. Store them in a cupboard, in the refrigerator or in the freezer. You do not need to grind them up to get the nutrients. Just sprinkle as a topping into your dishes.
A few ways to eat chia seeds: