Chia seeds are of great nutritional value to humans. Some people classify them as a superfood meaning they are nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. The Natural News website, says that “Chia also provides the body with vitamins A, B, E and D and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulphur, thiamine and zinc. Chia seeds are also a wonderful source of protein. Proteins are the building blocks of the body, hair, skin, nails, muscles, red blood cells, as well as essential and non essential amino acids and fiber, all of which are necessary for good circulation and a healthy heart. Chia seeds also help to modulate blood sugar, which is wonderful news for diabetics. When it comes to fiber in our diets we are all lacking. By simply adding one ounce (2.75 tablespoons) of chia to your diet, you are adding 11 grams of fiber.” Our bodies are in need of all of these nutritional blocks to be able to perform to the best of our ability and fight off diseases.
Each gram of Chia seeds you intake has:
•8x more omega-3 than salmon
• 6x more calcium than milk
• 3x more iron than spinach
• 15x more magnesium than broccoli
• 2x more fiber than bran flakes
• 6x more protein than kidney beans
• 4x more phosphorous than whole milk
Add more Chia seeds to your diet by:
-making chia pudding: combine 1 cup of liquid to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds. Here is a recipe to check out.
-garnish them whole or ground to your cereals, salads, or soups
-as an egg substitute: combine three tablespoons of water to one tablespoon of chia seeds
-add to smoothies
-grind to flour to use in baking
-healthy “breading” a gluten free breading for dishes
Try adding two tablespoons of Chia Seeds to your day!
Let me know how you integrated this superfood into your diet.