The Magic Seeds - Chia
Did you know that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength? Well, it totally makes sense! Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fibers which gives them the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel which reduces food cravings and helps weight loss. They are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant-based foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite…and cravings. So, chia vs. cravings 2-0.
It is not only about losing weight, but it is also about being healthy! Chia seeds are also high in the omega-3 fatty acid, the vital fats that protect against inflammation, arthritis, and heart disease. There are other reasons why chia loves and protects your heart and your circulatory system: studies have showed that chia can significantly lower blood pressure and also slow down the tempo the body converts carbohydrates into simple sugars, which controls blood sugar. Those magic seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus which are essential for bone and teeth health. And the most important? Chia seeds are packed in antioxidants. Antioxidants are very important for the health because fight the production of free radicals that can damage cell molecules and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
Do you want some more? Chia contains no gluten or grains and it can be used as egg substitute (the so-called chia egg). So, that makes them perfect for gluten free and/or vegan diet.
Are you ready to introduce chia seeds in your eating plan? Do you want the recipe for the chocolate peanut butter chia pudding? You know where to find me!