Fitness & Nutrition

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Who’s ready to jump on the band wagon?

I refused for a while because all I could think of was a crazy bush growing inside my stomach.  But I tried it, and I like it.  So to you who are unfamiliar with the chia seed, let me break it down…


The Chia seed dates all the way back to the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas.  In the Mayan language, Chia means “strength.”  Chia seeds have twice as much protein as any other seed or grain.  It is a superfood!  It has three times more antioxidants than blueberries!  It is a great source of fiber, with a serving of 1 ounce yielding 11 grams of fiber!  Talk about colon cleansing:)  While it hasn’t been proven to be a weight loss supplement, it does cause you to feel fuller because it processes slowly in your body.  If you are diabetic, it helps stabalize your blood sugars.  These little seeds help keep your body hydrated and your electrolytes balanced, so they are a fantastic addition to a pre/post workout meal or shake.  As mentioned in an article here, these tiny seeds contain a nutritional goldmine.  Three ounces of Chia contain the same amount of omega-3 as 28 ounces of Atlantic salmon, as much calcium as 3 cups of milk, as much fiber as 1 cup of All-Bran cereal, as much iron as 5 cups of raw spinach, as much magnesium as 10 stalks of broccoli, as much vegetable protein as 1 cup of kidney beans, as much potassium as 1 banana, and as much vitamin C as seven oranges!

The best part is that they are delicious.  Add them to literally anything and reap the countless health benefits!

I shared a link to my favorite chia seeds below!  Just click and buy and enjoy!

Click here to get your own chia!

 

Some ideas to incorporate this superfood into your daily routine:

  • Add 1 TBS to plain nonfat, greek yogurt, 1 TBS honey, 1 TBS peanut butter.
  • Add 1 TBS to cottage cheese and fruit
  • Add to your protein shake before your workout to sustain energy longer.
  • Add 1 TBS to your cereal in the morning.
  • And for a fabulous drink, often consumed in Mexico, add tsp chia seeds to 10 oz of water, the juice of a lemon or lime (your preference) and honey to taste.  It’s energizing, FULL of minerals and vitamins, and detoxifying.

 

So now we all know Chia seeds aren’t just for strange potted figurines to humor us.  They are amazing for your body and so easy to add to anything!  Seriously, jump on the band wagon!  It’s a no-brainer.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Megan Markiewicz May 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Wow! This is very interesting… I can’t believe these are so good for you. Is a there a recommended daily amount to eat?Where do you buy chia seeds? I don’t have Wegmans in VA 🙁

    • Reply Michelle May 12, 2013 at 12:12 am

      I didn’t highlight the link well enough, but in the phrase,”get your chia on,” there is a link to my favorite type that you can purchase through amazon. You will love it!!

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