Ever since I first mentioned eating oatmeal with chia seeds I’ve wanted to share more about this little food and why I love it. I know it’s been covered on a lot of other blogs, but bare with me because chia seeds are amazing!
What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds originated in South America and were a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Most sources say chia seeds were first used in the area around 3500 BC. Chia seeds had a reputation back then of being magical because they increased stamina and energy over long periods of time.
While chia seeds fell out of favor for a while they’ve made a comeback in modern times as a “super” food. They are similar in health benefits as flax seed but you don’t have to grind them to release the benefits. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, protein, and more.
Since a lot of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets (eat more whole foods, y’all!) chia seeds have been used to up the fiber totals for a lot of people. Fiber helps slow digestion and makes you feel fuller because it soaks up fluid and expands.
Overall, chia seeds pack a big nutritional punch.
Benefits Of Chia Seeds
There are a lot of benefits to chia seeds which is why they are a favorite of many healthy living bloggers.
- Chia seeds contains fiber that aids in digestion and helps you feel full
- Chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, which supports heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails.
- Contains calcium; in fact, it delivers 18% of your daily value per ounce
- Gives you a lot of energy
- Makes food more satisfying and keeps your fuller longer
How To Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are very versatile and can be used in both savory and sweet recipes. Here are a few ways you can eat chia seeds:
- Mixed in with oatmeal
- Added to your smoothies
- Mixed into cereal
- Added to sauces as a thickener
- As an egg replacement in baking (Use 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water per egg in a baked recipe)
- As a thickener for meatballs instead of breadcrumbs
- As an energy gel (2 tablespoons chia seeds with 1 cup coconut water)
- In a breading mix for fried foods
- As a weight-loss pudding (Mix 3 tbsp of ground chia seeds with a cup of your favorite juice and let sit for a few minutes)
- Mixed into almost any recipe or meal
- Just plain chia seeds!
Where To Buy Chia Seeds
You can buy chia seeds in the health food section of most major grocery stores now or at speciality health food stores. You can also buy online which is what I do.
In the past I have purchased Fiber Smart Ultimate Chia Seed by Renew Life and used it until it ran out recently.
Now that I’ve run out and don’t want to buy a bulk pack, I’m probably going to purchase one of the following since they all have great reviews and are trusted brands. I’d like to see if there is a difference between brands so I’ll eventually try them all now that I’m a chia seed convert.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these if you plan to buy chia seeds online.
Other Ways To Consume Chia Seeds
Since chia seeds have risen in popularity other products have come around to take advantage of the health benefits and popularity of the little chia seed. While I haven’t tried the products below, they are on my radar for potential ways to get chia seeds if I tire of adding chia seeds to my oatmeal and smoothies.
If you are looking for different ways to consume chia seeds then these options might really appeal to you!
- All natural, delicious 110 calorie Health Warrior Chia Bars (15-Count package)
- Certified vegan, kosher, gluten free, and low glycemic
- Great source of fiber, omega-3 and plant-based protein, and packed with magnesium and calcium
- Chia seeds are the number one ingredient
- Meet the newest breed of supersnack!
- Comes in a bunch of yummy sounding flavors: coconut, acai berry, apple cinnamon, banana nut, chocolate peanut butter, and coffee. They also sell variety packs.
- Organic chia, fruits and vegetables
- Each Squeeze contains 1200 milligram of Omega-3s, protein, antioxidants and more
- Only 70 calories; No added sugar
- USDA organic, non-GMO verified, gluten-free and vegan
- Each case contains 8-pack of 3.5-ounce chia squeezes
- Comes in flavors Strawberry Banana, Green Magic, Apple Cinnamon, and Blackberry Bliss.
- Nothing but sustainably grown Australian Chia
- 2 shots contain 6 gram fiber, 3 gram omega 3, 3 gram protein
- Non-GMO; Gluten free; Kosher
- Pure; Clean; Sun ripened; 100% chemical free chia
- Perfect for busy people on the go who want to make sure they get their recommended daily serve of Chia.
So there are a few ways to get chia seeds into your diet on the go if that is something you need. Additionally there are a lot of products that have started mixing in chia seeds to their ingredients list, from cereals to soups.
Have you been converted yet to the joys of chia seeds? Do you use them in your daily diet? What is your favorite way to use chia seeds?
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