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Recently, a co-worker asked me if I knew anything about chia seeds. My response, “I only eat them every single day, sooooo…yes.”

We all remember these little gems debuting in the early 80s. Who knew chia would go on to become such a phenomenon?!

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These seeds have been gaining popularity over the last couple of years and there’s good reason for it.

Here’s why you should go out right now, pick up a bag , and embrace the trend. Chia Seeds from Trader Joe's

Omega-3 fatty acid.

Omega-3 is the same type of healthy fat found in fish and flax. It’s an “essential fatty acid” that your body needs to function but doesn’t produce on its own.

Chia is a great source, and contains an even higher proportion than salmon!

Salmon Fillet

FIBER.

Fiber is what “keeps things moving” in your body, for lack of a better term.

In 2tbsp of chia seeds there are 10g of fiber. To put it in comparison, a packet of oatmeal has only 4g.

The fiber content of chia is what causes it to suck up water and create a gel. For vegans or those sensitive to eggs like me, they make a perfect substitute in baked goods.

Chia egg proportions

(Note: let the mixture sit for 5+ min before using.)

Protein

Proteins are building blocks in our body and are used to make everything from bones to hormones. They digest slowly and can help keep you fuller longer.

2tbsp of chia has 4g of protein. That’s equivalent to 1/2c of yogurt or 1tbsp peanut butter!

Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt

VITAMINS & Minerals

Forget a multi-vitamin, chia seeds contain calcium, magnesium and zinc. All of those in that tiny little seed! Kawaii Love Vitamin Capsule Case with Hand Towel

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CRUNCHY GOODNESS

The last and most important reason you should try chia is because they add a great crunch to whatever you put it on or in!

They make an appearance at my breakfast, daily. Sprinkled on top of a waflle or toast, mixed into smoothies or oatmeal.

Vans waffle w/ nut butter, banana and chia

I’ve used chia “eggs” in all sorts of baked goods including these zucchini-carrot muffins.

Zucchini-Carrot Muffin | The Adventures of Z and K

And trail mix cookies!

Oh She Glows Trail Mix Cookies | The Adventures of  Z & K

With so many benefits, and no actual taste, there’s really no reason not to try them. You can pick them up at your nearest Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or similar type store.

I want to know…

Have you tried chia seeds?

If so, what do you put them on?

Every use chia “eggs”?

NOTE: I am not a dietician (although that would be fun), so to make sure I was giving you all the correct info, I consulted the following while writing this post.

Click on any of the links to learn more!

Aztec Diet Secret: What are chia seeds? ~ Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Chia Seed ~ Bob’s Red Mill

The Amazing Health Benefits of Chia Seeds ~ Mind Body Green

Protein Foods ~ ChooseMyPlate.gov

Average Protein Content in Some Common Foods ~ The Ottowa Hospital

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