CHIA SEEDS: A NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS HEALTH FOOD TREND
Chia seeds are tiny, brown, black, or white seeds. They are almost as small as poppy seeds but don’t let their small size fool you! Chia seeds pack a powerful punch and are considered to be a “superfood” by many because they deliver several important nutrients in just a few calories.
WHY ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOU?
Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, healthy (essential) fats, and antioxidants.
Chia seeds are a good source of insoluble fiber. The seeds expand and form a gel when they are added to water or other liquids. This gel adds bulk to your stool, which keeps bowel movements regular and helps prevent constipation. The added bulk also may help you feel fuller and so you eat less. Just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds will give you 4 grams of fiber!
Chia seeds are also high in calcium, iron, and magnesium.
In addition to the important nutrients already mentioned, chia seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Essential fatty acids are substances that your body needs to function but are not made in the body, therefore, you must get them from foods.
HOW TO EAT THEM
These nutty-flavored seeds can be incorporated into your diet in many ways:
- overnight chia pudding recipes (see below)
- add them to drinks, smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal
- add them to soups and salads
- add them to pancakes, muffins, or other baked goods
For a delicious and quick breakfast option or healthy snack, try this recipe:
OVERNIGHT PEANUT BUTTER BANANA CHIA PUDDING
2 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
1 small banana, thinly sliced
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
3 ½ Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
1 scoop vanilla UltraMeal Advanced Protein powder (optional, but delicious)
1. Slice banana.
2. Using 2 small containers (I love the tiny mason jars) with lids, pour in 1 Tbsp of peanut butter into each container. Divide banana slices evenly among containers and layer on top on peanut butter.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients, including the protein powder if you choose to do so, really well until incorporated.
4. Pour evenly into containers. Secure with a lid. And refrigerate overnight.
5. Top with extra peanut butter and banana when it’s time to eat (optional).
*Store in the fridge for up to 2 days before the banana starts to get mushy.
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy!