Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! 10 Benefits Of Adding Chia To Your Diet

chia seeds on spoonWhen you hear the word chia your mind probably goes to those commercials with the fuzzy green novelty items that would grow a full coat within one to two weeks. Well, chia seeds are the reason why those Chia Pets get their lush, green coating. Fast-forward a few decades, those same chia seeds are being sold online and health food stores. Chia seeds are becoming better known as a super food with a great source of healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants and calcium.

Chia is an edible seed that is derived from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. It is native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests that chia seeds were a vey important food crop for the Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as evidence have proven that chia seeds aid in digestion, lowering cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar.

Chia seeds also contain calcium, manganese and phosphorus. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds, and unlike flax seeds, they can be eaten whole or milled. Integrating chia seeds in your food is easy; they’re tasteless and they will not affect the flavor profile of your food.

So once you got your chia seeds how do you add them? Well, that’s the fun part! You can sprinkle them whole on top of salads, toast or added milled to your smoothies. You can even add them to your ice cream!

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