Chia Seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids! Here are 10 reasons to eat them! I have included an awesome recipe for a Chia Seed Breakfast Porridge!
1. Lose Weight
Chia Seed is a dieter’s dream come true. The tiny, healthy seeds can be made to taste like whatever you want, and their unique gelling action keeps you feeling full for hours. Hunger is a main enemy of real weight loss, and you don’t want to fight it with jittery expensive pills. When a chia seed is exposed to liquid, it forms a coating of gel, increasing its size and weight. It has little to no calories depending on what its mixed with, they fill you up and the energy last for hours.
2. Balance Blood Sugar
Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to times in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. This makes your feel more balanced, less stressed and better able to handle what they day brings you!
Chia Seed’s gelling action and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it’s helps turn you turn your food into steady day long energy with out the highs and lows caused by simple carbs.
3. Help Prevent Diverticulitis / Diverticulosis
With the abundance of over-processed foods and white flour on the market today, rich sources of fiber are harder to come by. These foods of convenience have contributed to the rise of diverticulitis. Irregularity is a or piles of bran flakes, the Chia Seed is here to help.
4. Add healthy omega-3 oil to your daily diet
re a vegetarian, or simply worried about pollution adding harmful substances to your fish dinner? loss helper. USA Weekend magazine also reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3′s in their eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group, who did not.
5. Feel more energized all day long
Tired of that afternoon slump where all you want to do is close your eyes and stop yawing? Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady sustained energy all day long without that jittery upset stomach feeling.
6. Bake with less fat
Do you enjoy making baked goods at home, but hate all the butter and oil that has to go into them? Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! The food will bake the same and taste the same (or better) from the addition of the chia gel. All you need to do is divide the amount of butter or oil in half, and then use the same amount of chia gel to fill in. The anti-oxidants in chia can even help keep the food tasting fresh longer! This is a win in everyway!!!
7. Add age-defying anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants have been in the news lately due to their super healthy benefits. You know that blueberries and several exotic fruits (that aren’t always in season) have them, but did you know that chia is extremely high in anti-oxidants too? These helpful substances are what makes the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long. At room temperature, they’ll stay fresh and ready to eat for over two whole years! Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues in the body that can cause chronic illness.
8. Cut cravings for food
Being deficient in minerals or vitamins can cause food cravings. For example, if you’re low on calcium, you may feel compelled to eat lots of cheese and ice cream, because your body knows that cheese is a source of calcium, and it hasn’t been getting enough. Dairy isn’t for everyone or depending on who you talk to isn’t designed for anyone. Add calcium to your food by sprinkling on the chia. By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. By balancing your vitamins and minerals you can curb your food cravings!
9. Pack in more flavor!
How can a seed with NO flavor help the foods you already like to taste better? First, because they have no taste of their own, chia seeds will never cover up or add to the flavor of your food. Second, when the seeds hydrate, they magnify the taste of whatever they were added to. Put them in pudding? Chocolaty! Swirl them into a smoothie? Fruity! The same thing goes with dressings, dips, salsas, sauces and more.
10. Save money
Eating less and healthier should not cost you more! You already know diet pills are expensive and in many cases dangerous, and “box meal plans” can run up to $500.00 a month and still leave you wanting more. If you’re buying ‘calorie counting packs’ or other individual portions in the store, you can also end up paying more because more preparation and materials go into these foods and again may not leave you feeling satisfied. You can use as much or as little as you want to achieve your own desired results. There are no preparations required for these simple seeds, not even pesticides need to be used to grow them. They’re always safe and 100% chemical free. A measuring spoon is all you’ll need when you’re ready to take advantage of chia for yourself. It doesn’t get any easier or more inexpensive.
Chia Seed Porridge
- 1/2 cup Chia Seed
- 2 cups organic apple juice
- 1 cup frozen or fresh organic berries
Mix all three together in a dish and let sit overnight either at room temperature or in the fridge dependent on whether you want it cold or not and enjoy! Makes roughly 2-4 servings.