Cha Cha Cha Chia

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According to, “11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds”, chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica. This plant grows natively in South America.

Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans. The seeds gave warriors high energy and endurance. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength.

These tiny seeds, which are known as a superfood, give many more nutrients than just energy.

Chia seeds have a high amount of antioxidants. Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants, like chia seeds, is important because antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and disease like cancer.

“Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight.” This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world. The high fiber in chia seeds allows the seeds to absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water. They become gel-like and expand in the stomach. This increases fullness, slows absorption of food and helps lessen calorie overload.

Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into regular diets. “The seeds themselves taste rather bland”, so you can add them to pretty much anything. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, and added to baked goods. They can also be sprinkled on top of cereal, yogurt vegetables, mixed in rice dishes, and acai bowls. The most popular way of eating them is in pudding.

I consume chia seeds by adding them to morning smoothies or simply by adding them to a glass of water and drinking them.

 

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