Chia Seeds. Not just a cheesy Secret Santa gift anymore!

No not this:

This:

Now before you go thinking I’m crazy to be eating this stuff, let me give you some examples of the health benefits these little seeds carry.

  •  30% of the chia seed’s oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil. This provides the nice balance those who take supplemental Essential Fatty Acids are looking for. The chia seed’s substantially dense percentage in alpha-linolenic fatty acid also makes this seed a healthy dietary source of fatty acids.
  • You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not the case with chia seeds.
  • The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
  • Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry!  (check out www.mariahealth.blogspot.com for a really cool pudding recipe!)
  • Chia seeds provide antioxidant activity
  • Chia is a great addition to a detoxification program. Chia seeds are high in fiber and in healthy oils making them an excellent addition to many detox programs.
  • Mix Chia seeds into yogurt, sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine!  Mine go into my daily bowl of oat bran!

Read more: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-the-chia-seed/#ixzz1K45wEefU

They are pretty much tasteless, and added into my oat bran, they have a subtle crunch very similar to a poppy seed.  Go ahead, give em a try.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Oh, and in case you were wondering….

4 Days until BFF and I can have Peanut Butter!!!!

I’m stocked and ready:

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4 thoughts on “Chia Seeds. Not just a cheesy Secret Santa gift anymore!

  1. My mother gave me some of her Chia seeds and they are kind of just fun to crunch on in the food!
    Thanks for the info.

    CAN’T WAIT TILL EASTER!!!

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