Do you remember these? The one and only Chia Pet!
I don't grow the chia seeds into some sort of animal. I eat them. Yes, folks, there's a new health kick out there and it's Chia Seeds. I'm jumping on the bandwagon - thanks to advice from my sis-in-law who happens to be a Naturopathic Doctor. These tiny seeds - which feel so cool if you stick your (clean) hand in the bag - are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. They even contain more antioxidants than the all powerful blueberry!
Chia seeds are an unprocessed whole-grain that can be absorbed by your body - unlike whole flax seeds. There are no studies that show this is a magic seed of any sort - it doesn't necessarily help with weight loss but, it does help to keep you feeling full longer.
I love to put 2 T. in my yogurt for a little crunch. They don't have a taste so it won't change the flavor of whatever you decide to add them to. Bill adds them to a 1/2 c. of 100% fruit juice to make a gel. It's actually very cool!
Adding chia seeds to yogurt, baked goods, oatmeal, or cereal is a great way to get added nutrients and whole grains.
Want to read more about chia seeds?
- Do Chia Seeds Deserve Their Health Hype? - Huffington Post
- The Powerful Health Benefits of Chia Seeds - Washingtonian
- The Top Ten Health Benefits of Chia Seeds - Livestrong.com
- 10 Uses for Chia Seeds - Wellness Mama
Want to check out a couple of recipes?
Chia Seed Pudding
Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam
Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares
You can find additional recipes here - on Pinterest