Chia Seeds: Why You Should Be Eating This Superfood

Cinnamon Spice Chia Pudding

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup hot water, nut or seed milk (Omega-3 rich Hemp Milk is my favorite!)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (I use immune boosting Manuka Honey during flu season.)
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat liquid in a small sauce pan until warm. Stir in honey.
  3. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir well.
  4. Stir every few minutes until fully gelled 20-30 min. Enjoy!

Chia seeds are literally one of the healthiest tiny foods on the planet. These small, nutrient dense seeds contain one of the largest amounts of plant-based protein PLUS Omega-3s so they make a great addition to a plant-based diet. When exposed to liquid, these seeds gel, so they make a great pudding (think tapioca pudding) or jam.

In fact, one ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals like antioxidants and calcium. They are also a great source of Omega-3s which fight inflammation and keep your cell membranes supple.

Did you know these superfoods can help you lose weight?

The fiber in chia seeds is one of its big strengths when it comes to weight loss. One of the characteristics that make chia seeds so unique is that they can absorb up to 10 times their own weight in water. Because if this, they help you feel fuller longer, slow cravings, and can help prolong hydration.

As another bonus for your gut-health, the insoluble fiber acts as a prebiotic that feeds friendly gut bacteria and ferments into short-chain fatty acids to support gut health. You need PREbiotics to help your PRObiotics work.

Do you have a favorite way to use chia seeds?