What are Chia Seeds?

Once again I may be behind the ball on this one.  I have been seeing Chia seeds every were and in everything lately.  So I finally decided to look it up to see what the hype is about.

According to Wikipedia:

Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25–30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA).

Nutrient content and potential health benefits

In a one-ounce (28 g) sample, dried chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4g), 13% fat (9g) (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber (11g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories. The seeds also contain the essential mineralsphosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flax, or sesame.

Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds

  1. Lose Weight Without Starving
  2. Balance Blood Sugar
  3. Help Prevent Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis
  4. Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet
  5. Feel more energized all day long
  6. Bake with less fat
  7. Add age-defying anti-oxidants
  8. Cut cravings for food
  9. You can pack in more flavorful punch
  10. Save your money

40 Ways to use Chia Seeds-   Click here to find out 40 ways to use Chia Seeds

1. Mix 1 dessertspoon of chia seeds with a quarter cup of water to make an egg substitute for baking cakes and cookies.

2. Add chia seeds to apple juice to make “sago”.

3. Grind seeds and add to hot milk to make a “porridge”

4. Mix seeds through yogurt.

5. Add seeds to soup to thicken.

Have you had Chia Seeds?  If so share with us how you use them.

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