Skinny Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seeds

WHAT are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods in the health and wellness market. They have 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 seeds were staple to the Aztec warriors’ diet who 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 compacted with important nutrients.

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?

Chia seeds are one of nature’s richest antioxidant foods. Antioxidants have been scientifically proven to speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage, reducing inflammation and free radical damage.

Improves the Digestive System Chia seeds have an incredible content of fiber. 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 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 calcium per serving, chia seeds helps maintain bone strength and mass, which may help to slow down diseases such as Osteoporosis.

How do we eat Chia Seeds? Soaking chia seeds in water gives them a gelatinous coating which may helps them to move swiftly through the digestive system. Add chia seeds to your breakfast berry smoothie for a high antioxidant, energy boosting morning pick me up. Check out SkinnyCo’s Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Shake.

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