The (many!) Benefits of Chia Seeds

May 12, 2014, In: Food and Drink, Healthy Eating
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benefits of chia seeds

Cha-cha-cha-chia! Sorry, can’t help myself. I think chia seeds and the song from the old chia pet commercials plays in my head.

I loved my chia pet, right up to the day I woke up and saw all the little sprouts had died and were flopped over. The magic didn’t last long. What I didn’t know back then was how healthy those little seeds were and I’d be better off eating them rather than spreading them on my “pet” clay figurine.

(just a few) Chia Seed Facts:
  • Good source of fiber
  • Rich in Omega-3
  • Packed with protein
  • High in antioxidants
  • Provide sustainable energy
  • Helps balance blood sugar

In addition, chia seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals. These super power seeds offer plenty of perks and warrant adding them to your already healthy diet. They have a mild, nutty flavor that you may not even notice. I sprinkle them on my steel-cut oatmeal in the morning and add a couple tablespoons along with a bit of honey to my water and sip them throughout the day.

Chia seeds absorb water and become gel-like which makes them great for puddings. See my easy chocolate pudding below. My recipe calls for almond milk, but you can use any non-dairy milk you have on hand. I’ve used rice milk and it tastes great. You could also substitute other protein powder flavors for variety.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

There are plenty of ways to add chia seeds to your diet, if you’re looking for more ideas, follow our Pinterest chia board. Cha-cha-cha-chia!

Have any tips for adding chia seeds to your diet, please do share!

Salute, Denise

Easy Chocolate Chia Pudding

Easy Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Whisk almond milk and chocolate whey protein powder until combined and no lumps remain.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes or until mixture thickens to a pudding like consistency.
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