Chia seeds—we are all familiar with the jingle, and the ceramic pet that grows a lush body of hair from chia seeds. There is so much more to chia seeds then that. They are one of the healthiest and nutrient rich foods available. This tiny seed, no bigger than a poppy seed, holds an abundant resource of protein and fiber. One ounce holds 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. They are also loaded with powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals and fatty acids for brain health and joint health. The chia seed is native to South America. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans would consume chia seeds regularly in their diets. The ancient word for strength is “chia”. Chia seeds are so easy to add to anyone’s diet. They can be added to baking in breads, muffins and cookies. Because of the gel type texture when mixed with water, they can be used as an egg substitute in recipes. Mix them with yogurt and cereal or add them on top of a salad as a tasty topping. Chia seeds can be mixed with juice or water and they will form a gel-like beverage. Their high fiber and protein content will keep you full longer and can aid in weight loss. There are so many wonderful benefits to adding tiny chia seeds to your diet. It is very easy to do, and they taste great too. So don’t just grow a chia pet, eat your ch-ch-ch-chia seeds.
Laina Poulakos is a mother of five children and has certifications in aromatherapy and herbology. To schedule a consultation or find out more, call 703-851-0087 or visit MothersNatureStore.com.