Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that are from a plant called salvia hispanica. This plant is in the mint family.  Salvia hispanica is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and are also high in protein. They can improve risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber which is why they lead to better digestive health. Health experts say that chia seeds can help you lose weight, because the fiber absorbs a large amount of water. Which then expands in the stomach and should lead to increase of fullness and slow down the absorption of food. Chia seeds are high in potassium, and antioxidants. They are also have more calcium than dairy products that can help strengthen your bones. Something that I love about chia seeds is that they give you energy without giving you anything harmful to your body.  Eating a bag of chips or cookies will make you crash and feel tired. Chia seeds are completely raw and unprocessed without unhealthy chemicals that other snacks have. Another great thing is that you do not need to cook or do anything with chia seeds. I like to put about a handful into my smoothies after my workout to get a boost of energy for the rest of the day. You can also make a chia seed pudding which contains chia seeds, coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, and sea salt. There many other ways you can incorporate them into your diet. I challenge you to try chia seeds a few times a week in different meals or snacks, and see if you notice a difference!

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