What Are Chia Seeds?

When you were a kid, you probably had a chia pet, knew someone with a chia pet or saw a commercial about them. Now, people are eating them! Not eating chia pets, but chia seeds.

But what even are chia seeds?

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Chia seeds have flooded the health and wellness space. Chia seeds are one of the most nutrient dense foods. These seeds come from Salvia hispanica, a desert plant and are a member of the mint family. The reason that chia has become so popular is because of its amazing benefits.

Chia seeds have tons of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are essential fatty acids that the body needs to survive. In addition, only two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10 grams of fiber. These seeds even contain protein, calcium and zinc.

But how should you even eat chia seeds? It seems unnatural to eat seeds, especially since they are so small. However, there are plenty of ways to eat chia seeds without having to eat them by the spoonful to reap the benefits.

One of the simplest ways to eat chia seeds is to sprinkle them on any sort of hot cereal like oatmeal, grits or oat bran. They can hardly be tasted and blend in easily with your meal. The same thing can be done when eating yogurt as well.

Another great way to incorporate chia into your diet is to top peanut butter toast with them. Simply sprinkle some seeds on your toast and enjoy.

Chia seeds have the ability to form a gel because they easily absorb water. If you are pressed for time and need some extra fiber in your diet, add chia seeds to your water. They spice up plain water to create an interesting and nutritious drink!

To create a delicious desert or snack, add chia seeds and your milk of choice to make chia seed pudding. Simply add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to ½ cup of milk and any sweetener like honey or agave. Then place in the fridge overnight to gelatinize. This makes the perfect snack or breakfast to keep you full and satisfied.

Nutrition information taken from eatrightpro.org

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