Chia (Salvia Hispanic L.) belongs to the family Labiatae, originated from Mexico and northern and Guatemala.
Chia seeds have been part of human nutrition since 1500 BC. Traditionally seeds have been used as a food, in a wide range of folk medicines, primary cosmetics and a part of religious rituals in pre-Columbian societies.
Chia Seeds Protein Shake
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Shake Mix
- 10 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or your favorite milk
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds – preferably organic chia seeds
- 5 Ice Cubes
- Blend well and enjoy it!
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The ancient grain is becoming enormously popular in the modern food regimen in many countries; the higher proportion of α-linolenic acid makes chia the superb source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds are tiny, brown, black or white seeds. They are almost as small as poppy seeds. They come from a plant in the mint family. Chia seeds deliver several important nutrients in just a few calories and a small package. You can eat this nutty-flavored seed in many ways.
Why they are Good for You
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.
Chia seeds are a good source of insoluble fiber. The seeds expand quite a bit and form a gel when they come into contact with water. This gel adds bulk to your stool, which keeps bowel movements regular and helps prevent constipation. The added bulk also may help you feel fuller and so you eat less.
Just 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters, mL) of chia seeds will give you 19% of your recommended daily fiber.
Chia seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids, omega-3, and omega-6. Essential fatty acids are fatty substances that your body needs to function. They are not made in the body, and you must get them from foods.
The oil in chia seeds contains higher amounts of essential fatty acids compared to other oils, even flaxseed (linseed) oil.
How are Chia Seeds Prepared
Chia seeds can be added or sprinkled on almost anything especially our fabulous Chia Seeds Protein Shake! There is no preparation needed — unlike flaxseed, chia seeds do not need to be ground for maximal benefit. To add chia seeds to your diet:
- Make your favorite Chia Seeds Protein Shake!
- Sprinkle them on salads.
- Add them to your bread crumbs.
- Add them to your drinks, smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal.
- Add them to soups, salads, or pasta dishes.
- Add them to your pancakes, French toast, or baked goods mix.
You can also grind chia seeds into a paste and add the paste to your dough or other mixes before cooking or baking.
Where to Find Chia Seeds
Chia seeds may be purchased at any health food store, or online. Major grocery stores may also carry chia seeds in the natural or organic food aisle. Simply buy a bag of organic chia seeds, milled or whole.
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