I don’t know about you, but the only way I knew the word chia is from those old ch-ch-ch-chia pet commercials (totally dating myself, but here’s what I’m talking about if you have no clue 😉 ).
But now that I’ve been trying to get on the clean eating track, I know that chia seeds are so much more. Below is a bit of information I found out about my new friend, the chia seed.
According to WebMD, chia seeds are an “…unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds).” and contain “…healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.” “The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.”
The Wellness Mama has a great break down for 10 Uses of Chia Seeds, check it out!
If that weren’t enough, according to Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN “…the chia seed absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods, plus double the amount of fiber you receive.”
Cha-ching!!! Chia seeds can also aid in weight loss? Um, yes please 😀 I couldn’t run out to the store fast enough to pick some up.
Now to put this super food to the test. While I know that using chia seeds alone will not be enough to see a real impact, I do hope that they, combined with my other food choices will make a lasting impact in my new eating habits. 🙂 As I continue to make new findings and incorporate things into my diet, I’ll share with you any information and/or body transformations that come as a result.
What clean eating finds have you made for yourself?