Hi all! I'm back from my trip, I think I'm caught up on sleep, and I'm ready to get back to blogging!
My hope is that by now you have incorporated green drinks, coconut oil, and more whole grains into your diet. Next up, go out and buy some chia seeds. I know they're available at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and by now they may be available at your regular grocery store as they're gaining lots of popularity as a health food.
So, why should you eat them? There are lots of reasons!
- great source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids (reduce inflammation and important for brain and heart health)
- high in fiber
- when soaked in liquid they become gel-like, therefore slowing digestion and absorption in the stomach causing us to feel fuller for a longer period of time
- excellent source of plant-based protein (my favorite kind!)
- good source of antioxidants
Some fun facts about the chia seed:
- They were used by Aztec warriors and 1 tablespoon was said to sustain them for 24 hours!
- They are, in fact, the same seeds from the ch-ch-ch-chia pets. We all remember those right?
Here are the ways we like to eat chia seeds, although you could probably add them to anything because they have such a mild flavor and interesting texture:
- meal-replacement shakes
- mixed into oatmeal
- sprinkled on yogurt -- my kids tell me if they want "sprinkles" (flax seed) or chia on their yogurt. I acted excited about it when I first introduced them to it and now my 2 year old daughter HAS to have chia sprinkled onto her yogurt :)
Chia seeds are so easy to add to your daily food routine that there's simply no excuse not to start eating them. Pick up a bag next time you're out and if you find new ways to eat them, please share them with me!