The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
I think chia seeds are one of the greatest, trendy new foods that have made their way to the mainstream grocery market over the past few years! Not only are they a great addition to just about any dish, but they are extremely nutritious as well. Read more below to find out how easy it can be to incorporate chia seeds into your daily meals, the nutritious benefits they provide, and 6 tasty chia seed recipes to try!
How Chia Seeds Benefit Your Health
Nutritional Content of Chia Seeds
3.5 grams of Heart Healthy Polyunsaturated Fats
4 grams of Carbohydrates
4 grams of Dietary Fiber – 15% of your Daily Value!
2 grams of Protein
1mg of Iron – 4% of your daily value
2200mg of ALA Omega-3 Fatty Acids
What to Do with Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are unique because when they are mixed with a liquid, they have the ability to absorb 5 times their weight in liquid. When they are combined with the liquid they form a gel like substance – creating a variety of possible uses. This is why Chia Seeds are so famous for their ability to create awesome pudding and dessert dishes. But that’s not all they can do! Chia Seeds are incredibly versatile and can be used whole or milled. Toss them into a salad, blend into smoothies, add to oatmeal or yogurt, make a homemade jam/jelly, use as an egg substitute for baking or use as a thickener for soups.
Check out these amazing Chia Seeds recipes from Registered Dietitians!
My very own Date Pops – The Healthy Cake Pop!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding from the American Diabetes Association
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