Friday, July 18, 2014

Chia Seeds!

Chia seeds are the shit. Yes, the same ch-ch-ch-chia seeds that we bought from Walgreens to make ridic little plants in the 90's. I add them to my whole juice every day to get extra fiber, protein and countless other nutrients. The chia seed is special because it delivers the maximum amount of nutrition with minimum calories. 

Chia Seed, 1 oz. (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 138 Calories
  • 9g Fat
  • 5g Protein
  • 11g Fiber

It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits. My fav things about Chia... 

  1. They are also a high-fiber food. of the 12g of carbs, 11g of those are fiber. Fiber doesn't raise blood sugar, doesn't require insulin to be disposed of and therefor shouldn't count as a carb. This is a low-carb way to add fiber to your diet.
  2. Chia seeds absorb 10x their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach. This should increase fullness, slow obaorption of your food and help you eat less, in theory.
  3. Chia seeds are a high quality source of protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings. 
  4. Chia seeds, ounce for ounce, contain more of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid ALA than salmon. You still need DHA, though, so keep eating fish!
  5. The calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in Chia seeds are great for bone health. 
  6. Studies show that Chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure in persons with Type 2 Diabetes. 
  7. Chia seeds have been shown to be a great replacement for sugar-laden sports drinks. Add 1-2 tablespoons to water or your favorite drink and shake.

PS. I use this brand that I buy at Costcoin bulk. 

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