Why Chia Seeds are the
Latest Super Food 

Chia Seeds

I love chia seeds and eat them as part of a healthy breakfast  practically every morning. 

They are nutritious, filling and offer a boost of extra energy all which helps any weight loss regime. 

Not only that but they are a great way to keep regular and avoid constipation.

Where did they come from?

It seems kind of funny that chia has somehow become an overnight sensation even though they have been around for centuries and I mean centuries.

In fact chia seeds were first used by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C.

These seeds are a member of the mint family and are native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala and have always played a major role in the people's every day diet and culture.

Through all these centuries these little seeds have been used in many ways. They were pressed to make oil, were added to water to make a healthy beverage, were ground to make versatile flour, added to foods and also included in medical treatments.

Chia Seeds are super small

Today chia is grown in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia Australia, Argentina and other areas that have the right climate are hopping on board to grow this amazing super food.  

Chia Seeds contain an abundance of:

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (highest of any plant food)
Antioxidants
Fiber
Protein
Magnesium
Potassium
Phosphorus
Niacin
Vitamin c
Calcium
Zinc
Iron
and is gluten-free



Since they contain all these vitamins, minerals and nutrients the following health benefits are believed to be obtained through digestion:

  • Known to help lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular disease
  •  Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Provides tryptophan (amino acid) which helps regulates intestinal movements, provides a feeling of well being, regulates appetite, sleeping patterns and helps with cognitive functions such as memory and learning
  • omega 3 acids also convert into prostaglandins which are known to have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties
  • helps stabilize blood sugars making it ideal for diabetics
  • high in antioxidants and packed full of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, folic acid which are essential for good health
  • known to help increase energy levels
  • assists in weight loss by providing bulk and nutrients while adding very few calories
  • helps with constipation and other digestive issues

Though these seeds are super small they carry a super big nutritional punch.

What a simple way to increase nutrition and help with weight loss. 

There is no preparation involved at all.  Just by purchasing chia seeds you can add them to all kinds of dishes, no cooking required. 

Try sprinkling a spoonful on a salad or pasta dish.  How about adding them to smoothies, yogurt or hot or cold cereals?  You can get even more creative and try adding them to your children’s dessert such as in a pudding cup.  What a great way to get kids eating healthy.

To save a great deal of money I make my own holy crap cereal.

 

Useful links:

What is Holy Crap Cereal?

How to make Holy Crap Cereal for a fraction of the cost.  This recipe is great to help with weight loss and constipation.

 

Wishing you health and happiness


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