Chia seeds: take one look at the black, little specks, and you could easily mistake ‘em for bugs. But don’t let their small, unassuming size fool you. They’re jam-packed with nutritional goodness. In fact, the word “chia” in Mayan translates to “strength”—a clear suggestion of just how mighty they are. Chia seeds were even believed to be a staple food among Mayan and Aztec warriors, giving them the power to run hundreds of miles.
But even for modern folk who hardly make the 10,000-steps-per-day mark, chia seeds are still pretty beneficial. Just to give you a better idea of their nutritional value, here’s a quick breakdown of what one ounce (or two tablespoons) of the stuff contains:
- 10.6 grams of fiber
- 4.4 grams of protein
- 4,915 milligrams of omega-3
- phosphorous, manganese, calcium, potassium, and more
With this in mind, it’s probably time we take this little seed seriously. Luckily, it’s super easy to incorporate into your diet. Personally, I get my fix by simply adding them to drinks.
I just add a tablespoon (or two) of chia seeds into any drink, stir ‘em in, and wait 10 to 15 minutes for the chia seeds to swell and form a gelatinous coating. Due to its soluble fiber content, chia seeds can expand up to 3 times its size! This helps you stay full for longer.
One immediate benefit I’ve noticed ever since I’ve added chia seeds in my liquids? My bad snacking habits have significantly lessened! Because of its rich content in protein, omega-3s, and fiber, I’ve curbed my impulsive eating habits and stick to eating three meals per day (with the exception of the occasional merienda).
Best of all? Chia seeds don’t have a taste of their own so they won’t ruin the taste of your drink. Personally, I enjoy a chia-infused juice or tea. And, trust me, it doesn’t have to be limited to that. Here are a few simple ways I like to jazz up my chia water:
RECIPE 1: Chia seeds + water + lemon
RECIPE 2: Chia seeds + coconut water
RECIPE 3: Chia seeds + coffee
RECIPE 4: Chia seeds + orange juice
RECIPE 5: Chia seeds + green tea
RECIPE 6: Chia seeds + iced tea
So, for busybodies who don’t have the luxury of time to prepare chia pudding or smoothie bowls on the daily, this is a simple solution to reap the benefits of the super-seeds. Cheers!
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