Skinny Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seed

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seed is one of the most popular superfoods in the health and wellness market.  It has been labeled as an ancient grain, as it is one of the world’s oldest known sources of nutrition. Dating back to about 3000 B.C., chia seed was a staple to the Aztec warriors’ diet.  They consumed the seeds to give them fuel for high energy and endurance during battle.  The small seeds derive from a Mexican plant known as Salvia hispanica, and are packed with important nutrients.  With just 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) per serving, chia seeds are packed with:

With just 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) per serving, chia seeds are packed with:

Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s)
Carbohydrates: 12 grams
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

WHY should we consume Chia Seeds? The benefits?

Anti-Aging

While SkinnyCo supports the pro-aging movement, chia seed is one of nature’s most antioxidant-rich, and thus, most anti-aging foods.  Antioxidants have been scientifically proven to both speed up cellular repair systems and prevent further cellular damage.  This reduces inflammation and free radical damage, slowing the breaking down and “aging” of cells.

Improves the Digestive System

Chia seed has an incredibly high fiber content.  Fiber-rich foods help to regulate healthy bowel movements and healthy stool.  Fiber absorbs a considerable amount of water and immediately expands the stomach when eaten. This can make people feel full quicker, which can lead to weight lose.

Helps Build Lean Muscle and Strengthen Bone Mass

Chia seeds rank high in the plant-based sources of protein. Protein rich foods help to build lean muscle, burn fat, and balance blood sugar levels.

With 18% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium per serving, chia seed helps maintain bone strength and mass, which may help to slow down diseases such as Osteoporosis.

How To Eat Chia Seeds

Milled Chia Seed found in Skinny Shake® protein powder unlocks all the fiber and nutrients found in the tiny, yet powerful seeds.  Soaking whole or milled chia seeds in water gives them a gelatinous coating which helps them to move swiftly through the digestive system.  Add whole chia seeds or a scoop of Skinny Shake® to your breakfast berry smoothie for a high antioxidant, energy boosting, morning pick-me-up.

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