The Chia Seed, Small and Amazing
Remember the chia pets? You’d put some chia seeds on an animal shape mold and then it would grow a green grass for the fur? Those seeds are so full of nutrients that it’s nature’s super food and it’s easy to include in our diet!
Also known as Salvia hispanica, chia has 3050 mg of omega-3 for every 2 Tbsp (15 g) serving and has a great balance of omega-3 to omega-6 for our body. Other chia seed benefits include high amount of fiber. They can absorb 10 times its weight in water improving the bodies’ absorption of nutrients, which slows the digestion process & slows the carbohydrate conversion to sugar which helps regulate blood sugar levels by not causing spikes in blood sugar level. This enables the body to have more energy for longer periods. Chia also reduces food cravings and improve mood helping with weight loss and maintenance.
If that isn’t enough they are so easy to add to foods, it’s flavorless and will absorb the flavor of whatever you’re eating. A small amount goes a long way. So go ahead and put it in your yogurt, cereal, pasta, and any baked goods.
In addition to having a lot of omega 3s and fiber chia is also an excellent source of magnesium, iron, folate, calcium, potassium, and anti-oxidants.
What is Salba?
Salba is the branded name for the chia that is grown and cultivated in South America. You can find this product in many health food stores.
Get more info on Salba here
Ways to eats chia.
There are many delicious recipes you can include chia. A popular way is in a bar.
You can find great chia recipes here
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