Health: Chia seeds

Today I’m putting the spotlight on: Chia seeds. Come again? Chia seeds. No idea? Well, it’s time you get to know this so called ‘super food’.

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Chia seeds
Chia is a wholegrain. The seeds come from a plant called Salvia Hispanica, which belongs to the mint family. Chia seeds are loaded with Omega- 3 fatty acids (essential to get from food, since our body is not able to produce them itself), antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals (6 times more calcium than milk, 6 times more iron than spinach). Chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Let me repeat that: they contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon!

Chia seeds can help your body control blood sugar (energy!) and lower blood pressure.
Chia seeds are able to absorb up to 15 times their weight in water, so they ‘expand’ in your stomach. This means that they keep your body hydrated very well (excellent when working out). This also means that they can prevent absorption of some of the food we eat (so they ‘block’ the absorption of some of the calories), and make you feel fuller much faster. Because of that they reduce food cravings and are great to add to your nutrition ‘game’ when you’re trying to loose some weight.

Taste and use 
Some say that Chia seeds have a nutty flavor, but to be honest: to me they taste like..air. That’s good though, because this means you can add them in, basically, everything. Sprinkle them on a salad ( to make that salad a lil’ bit more ‘epic’), throw them in your smoothie, put them in your sauces,dips, dressings etc. Basically: sprinkle them on everything your heart desires. They are also a-ma-zing for making healthy pudding/chocolate mouse (blogpost coming soon).

You can get your Chia Seeds at your local health food store. I’m 100% sure they will have organic Chia Seeds (waiting for you to pick them up).

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