Cha Cha Chia!
Written by: Dana Yarn, RDLD
Ben, my husband, and I had a very healthy productive Sunday. We started out our day with berry protein smoothies and some easy housework. Then we grabbed our coffee and headed downtown to the Farmer's Market, we try to go once per month to load up on spices, herbs and other miscellaneous items. While we were at the farmer's market I picked up some Chia seed. It seems like Dr. Oz, nutrition magazines, e-mails and blog posts I look at are buzzing about Chia seeds. I have tried them at different smoothie shops and juice bars, but officially today I have made a commitment to regularly incorporate this "super food" into my eating plan. These magical seeds are a rich source of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, even more then it's sister super food flax seeds!
Here are the benefits of the Chia seed....
- Natural appetite suppressant
- Stabilizes blood sugars
- Linked to reducing high blood pressure
- Shown to prevent or manage diverticulitis
- Increases energy level due to high content of vitamins, minerals and protein
- They are rich in age defying anti-oxidants which is typically lacking in a regular eating plan.
- They have been shown to decrease foods cravings, due to the high vitamin and calcium content your body will be in better balance and crave less
If you are ready to give them a try make sure you store them in an air tight container and you can add them to any liquid such as smoothies/shakes, juice, water, a sports drink, or yogurt. A typically serving size is 2 tablespoons. After they hit water they form a gel like substance, which is normal.
Chia seeds are becoming more popular with endurance athletes increasing energy and recovery with the high demands of training. I plan on incorporating them into my nutrition for training. If you are in the middle of tri-season put a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds in your water bottle and let me know how it goes!
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