Six Reasons Why and How to Eat Chia Seeds

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Two questions about chia seeds. In the same day. One question came to me after my Sunday funday running group. Yup, we #RunForBoston and #RunStrong up here in NH.

Chia Seeds

After our run as we were sitting around stretching, a fellow runner just asked me..

What do I do with chia seeds?

So I tell her my favorite chia seed spritzer recipes, hop into the car and head home. Then on the phone with one of my besties, she too asks me, out of the blue, about chia seeds. Said her mom sent her some which she thought was cool. But had no idea what to do with 'em!

Yup, it made me go huh. And then a little voice in my head said, "Johanna - I think you probably need to write about this and let people in on the awesomeness that is chia."

(What? The voices in your head don't talk to you?!)

Well, you asked and you shall receive.

The quick and dirty on Chia, yes, that Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia from the 90's is this.

  • Protein --> Just two tablespoons of Chia Seeds will give you 4g of protein. It's also a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids that humans need. Protein you say? We need this good stuff to build our muscles.
  • Omega 3's --> That same two tablespoons of Chia seeds will give you 5g of Omega 3's, helping to support your brain functions and decrease your risk of health issues down the road.
  • Calcium --> Not just found in milk, Chia Seeds give you 250 milligrams of calcium from that same two tablespoons. Calcium for healthy bones, hair, teeth and nails!
  • Fiber --> Chia seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oh yes, they will keep you regular. Wahoo! The power of seed right?
  • Gel-like quality --> If you have ever let some chia seeds sit in a liquid, you will see that they form a bit of a gel like consistency. So you can feel fuller on less.  Adding chia seeds to your smoothie is a great way to pack more of a nutritional punch.

Now that you are sold on why you should incorporate more chia seeds into your diet, the next question is how exactly does one do that?

Great question for which I also have the answer. And really, there are a couple different ways so just choose the one that seems more appealing or realistic to you.

1. You can add chia seeds to your smoothie. Start with 1/2 tablespoon and work your way up. 2. You can dump a tablespoon or two of chia seeds into your yogurt or granola. 3. If you like to bake, you can add chia seeds to your baking. 4. Eat salads? Dump some chia seeds on top. 5. Toss some chia seeds into your oatmeal in the morning. 6. Want to make your baking recipe vegan? Replace the egg with chia seeds + water.

Now tell me. How do YOU like to eat chia? Have a way that I didn't mention? I'd love to hear about it. Post a comment in the section below so we can all learn.

And as always, thanks for reading.

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