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The Power of Chia

Hello everyone 🙂 I recently added a new superfood to my diet…the chia seed! It has created such a buzz all over the blogosphere and health and fitness world that I decided to give it a try. At first I was skeptical since this is virtually what you grow a Chia Pet with and I was afraid it might taste weird or feel icky in my mouth. After reading about it and researching differnt prices on the internet, I ventured out to my local health food store and picked up a small bag of Chia Power by Navitas Naturals ($5.99).  

My first experience with the chia seeds was with granola and milk…this was a BIG MISTAKE. The chia seeds actually plump up and absorb whatever you put them in so they turned my milk into sludge! It was pretty disgusting so I was afraid to try them in anything else. Then I read about putting them in oatmeal, which thankfully was a great way to eat them because they are truly tasteless but give the oatmeal a bit of a lift. Now I usually throw a teaspoon on some frozen yogurt as a sort of healthy “sprinkle”.

Besides the nice oomph and crunch they can give to oatmeal and yogurt, chia seeds are a very powerful Aztec superfood and offer omega-3’s, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and protein. Here is some useful info I found on the AMAZING benefits of this tasteless addition to a diet in need of some POWER!

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds

1.Chia Seeds Are Nutritious
On top of the fact that chia seeds have more omega-3 than any
other natural source, they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium,
protein, fiber, and many other vitamins & minerals.

2.Chia Seeds Are Energizing
Not only do chia seeds give you a boost of energy that lasts,
they also provide stamina and endurance. A single tablespoon
could sustain Aztec warriors for an entire day.

3.Chia Seeds Reduce Cravings
Because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble
fiber levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate
energy slowly into the bloodstream.

4.Chia Seeds Are Easily Digestible
Unlike flax seed, chia seeds do not have to be ground up before
you ingest them. The human body can easily digest chia seeds,
and with about 7 grams of fiber per serving, they actually help.

5.Chia Seeds Are Convenient & Versatile
You can eat chia seeds straight from the bag, mix them with your
favorite drink, add them to your cereal or salad, and just about
anything else. Chia seeds last for years so stock up now!

Top 10 things to add Chia Seeds to:

  • Ice Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Salad
  • Muffin, Cookie, & Pancake Recipes
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Soup
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  • Oatmeal
  • Salsa & Dips
  • Smoothies

Go enjoy some CHIA! 🙂

-Katie

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3 thoughts on “The Power of Chia

    1. i kept putting it off because of the price also! but really they are such a powerhouse of nutrients and they are tasteless so it is really a great investment for your own health.

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