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?!
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.
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!
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.
(Note: let the mixture sit for 5+ min before using.)
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!
VITAMINS & Minerals
Forget a multi-vitamin, chia seeds contain calcium, magnesium and zinc. All of those in that tiny little seed!
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.
I’ve used chia “eggs” in all sorts of baked goods including these zucchini-carrot muffins.
And trail mix cookies!
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!