Chia seeds are considered a superfood because they pack a big punch in a small package. According to AuthorityNutrition. These tiny seed provide a wealth of nutrition.
Here are just a few of the benefits of eating Chia seeds.
1. They are a great source of fiber. One serving of Chia seeds is three tablespoons. That one serving provides 11grams of fiber. The mayoclinic.org reports that fiber’s benefits include normalizing bowl movements and maintaining bowl health, lows blood cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and aids in achieving a healthy weight.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Mayo Clinic recommends that men and women under 50 years of age consume 38 grams and 25 grams respectively per day. One serving of Chia seeds gets you almost half way there!
2. A serving of Chia seeds provides 5 grams of protein. Protein is the big diet word right now because it provides sustainable energy. According to WebMD.com, protein helps build and repair tissues.
That’s why body builders like it. When you lift weights, you break down muscle tissue, and protein helps to build it back up and make it stronger.
3. Chia seeds can make your bones strong. They are a good source of Calcium, and we know that calcium is good for our bones and our teeth. It’s a great way to get your Calcium if youhave a lactose intolerance.
4. They are good for heart health. A serving of Chia seeds has 6 grams of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are known to help support cardiovascular function.
WebMD.com reports that they also help with rheumatoid arthritis, depression, baby development, asthma, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
5. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies. According to NBCnews.com, free radicals are “unstable molecules in the body that can cause DNA mutation.” Too many free radicals in your body can be a problem. It causes cell damage and can lead to disease. We need antioxidants to help keep the levels of free radicals to a minimum.
6. These little guys are also a great source of iron. The Center for Disease control reports that iron in our blood helps carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. It also helps our muscles store and use oxygen.
Are you convinced yet? Adding Chia seeds to your diet is very simple. I like to add them to smoothies and sprinkle them over my salad. You can put them in your oatmeal and yogurt, or add them to baked goods. I’ve seen recipes for making Chia puddings, too.
One of my favorite recipes with Chia seeds are No Bake Protein Bites. These are tasty little balls that you can easily make.
Here’s the recipe:
1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. ground flax
1-2 T. chia seeds
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
1/3 c. raw honey
1 t. vanilla
Mix the ingredients together and roll them into balls about 1 inch in size. I’ve even added 1/4 cup of mini M&M’s and cut the mini chocolate chips down to a quarter cup. It makes it fun, and my kids love them!