SARAH'S TOP FIVE REASONS TO USE CHIA SEEDS DAILY
Sarah's Top Five Reasons to Use Chia Seeds Daily
1. Highly Nutritious!
Chia seeds are incredibly nutritious. These teeny, tiny, little seeds contains just about everything a human needs to be healthy and are indeed worthy of the term Super Food. Chia seeds are an excellent source of B1, B2, B3, Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Manganese and Magnesium. Chia seeds are also an excellent source of fiber. Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight and one of the very best sources of fiber in the world!
2. High in Protein
Chia seeds are also an awesome source of high quality protein. One tablespoon contains about as much protein as an egg but even easier to use and has all that fiber to satisfy. Pack a chia pudding for a late afternoon snack or even a post workout meal sure to help you reach those goals. Not only are chia seeds high in protein but they are also an amazing source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to prevent the formation of free radicals and prevent premature aging.
3. Proven to lower High Blood Pressure
Possibly the most impressive fact regarding chia seeds is that they have been proven to lower high blood pressure! High Blood Pressure aka the 'Silent Killer' is now considered 'the world's leading cause of death and disability in the world,' and on the rise in Canada', so this is very important to know. With all the nutrients, protein, antioxidants and Omega 3 is not hard to understand why this is so. Chances are you yourself or someone you know is dealing with high blood pressure or heart disease, so please do pass it on!
4. Omega 3
Another very important thing to mention, chia seeds are excellent for gut health. Of course I have met a person or two that cant tolerate chia seeds for the most part chia is wonderful for digestion. High in fiber, protein and zinc, chia seeds are also an awesome source of Omega 3. Just 1 tbsp a day will supply your needs for this essential fatty acid. Omega 3 is needed to combat inflammation, digestive, heart and brain health and helps to regulate our weight.
5. Versatile & Easy to Use Now that you have a good idea of all that chia seeds have to offer its pretty great to find out that they are also ridiculously easy to use! Chia Puddings, Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls, even to thicken up a salad dressing naturally, you don't even need to cook these little gems to get the most of them! Although do toss a little into that morning porridge or into your cookies or muffins the next time you are baking. In fact by doing so studies confirm that we can help to regulate our blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. This is especially great news or anyone dealing with diabetes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20087375 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23778782
So a short list but small and mighty just like these lovely little seeds. Hope you give them a try and let me know what you think.
Until next time,
Take good care!
Raspberry Chocolate Pudding
1 small banana
1 tbsp cocoa
3 tsp chia seeds
Place ingredients in blender, mix until smooth. Divide into 2 servings and rinse blender for next part.
1 cup raspberries
1 small banana
1/2 cup water
5 tsp chia seeds
Place ingredients into blender and mix until smooth. Pour over chocolate layer and let set. If using a dollop of coconut cream, mix up a batch while pudding is setting. Top with cream and lastly chocolate shaving for a finishing touch!
Optional: Maple syrup if you like it a touch sweeter, but personally I think its perfect the way it is. For those who can't use banana avocado also works nicely but depending on sweetness of banana you may wish to add a date or two or a touch of maple syrup.
Tropical Chia Pudding (Serves 2) chia pudding 1/4 cup chia seeds, white 1/2 cup light coconut milk 1/2 cup water fruit for layering 1 cup mango 1 cup raspberries 2 kiwi Directions Prepare chia pudding. Let sit 20 minutes or so. The longer the better. Once satisfied with pudding add to serving glass (or even a second in tupperware for later) and layer with desired fruit. If saving a serving for later place saran wrap on top of place on a lid to keep fresh. Enjoy! xo