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Chia seeds

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 10.06.49 AM Ch-ch-ch-CHIA! Haha, the theme song for the Chia-Pets commercials running through anyone elses’ head right now?! Just mine? Ok then.

After this post, I promise I’ll move onto something else non-health related, but I just learned about chia seeds last night and I feel compelled to pass that knowledge on! No, I’m not talking about the seeds that can grow into sheeps fleece or Barack Obama’s hair…well, actually, yes I am. They are, in fact, the exact same seeds!!Not only are they fun to grow, but they are full of all sorts of fantastic nutritional value-and are basically tasteless. If that’s not a win/win in your book, then we are super not on the same page.

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 10.07.19 AMThe following 10 points are taken from IowaGirlEats as I could not have stated it better myself!

1. Nutritious. Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues.  The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium.

2. Water loving.  The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.

3.  Easily digestible.  The shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole.  This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly.  If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through.

4. Mild tasting.  Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild. They won’t change the taste of the food you add it to but will add to your nutrition!

5. Energy enhancing.  The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends.  They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted.  The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.

6. Versatile. You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want.  You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods.

7. Regenerating. After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation.  Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.

8. High in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues. Chia seeds help fight free radical damage.

9. Complete Protein Source. Chia seed is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. Usually protein from items like peanut butter
and some beans are incomplete, meaning you have to combine them with other foods to get the full benefit. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady energy.

10. High in Omega-3 Oils. Chia seed is the richest plant-source of omega-3 oil. By weight, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon! Omega-3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health.

I am going out today to get some to add to whatever I’m making. This healthy new spin on life is rejuvenating!

What are your favorite health foods?!

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