I LOVE Chia Seeds, with their "squishy" texture, packed full of protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, phosphorous. magnesium, and all of these nutrients are essential for bone health.
Have I mentioned they add a tasty nutty flavor to yogurt, salads, and mixed in a smoothie. It's better to eat them ground or try a unique micro sliced product that I love called Mila.
Mila uses different varieties of the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product. This aids the digestive tract and allows the body to properly absorb the nutrients. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice/milk or added to baked goods too!
Some Chia Facts: The soluble fiber in chia seeds slows down the digestion of carbohydrates and their breakdown into sugar, keeping the blood sugar stable and helping to control or prevent diabetes. A very low glycemic index food. It also helps to rid the body of excess estrogens.
Weight Loss and Chia.... by absorbing water and expanding, chia seeds contribute to a feeling of fullness which keeps appetite down and aids in controlling weight. The seeds also create bulk and improve elimination, keeping you regular.
But wait... it doesn’t stop there. Chia seeds also support bone health. One tablespoon contains 60 mg of calcium which is great, but even better, it provides the trace mineral boron, another catalyst for the absorption and utilization of calcium by the body.
Chia seeds are one of the few trendy and talked about super foods that actually deserves the title!
My favorite easy and energy packed breakfast is "Chia Seed Pudding". *Note - the seeds may get stuck in your teeth, so keep your toothbrush/floss handy!
Under 1 minute
1/4 cup Chia Seeds (ground/micro sliced) Try my favorite Live Pure brand.. MILA
1/2 cup Water or Coconut or Almond Milk
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1-2 tsp. Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Top with fresh berries, raw nuts, seeds (shelled pumpkin & sesame seeds)
Combine chia seeds and water/milk in a bowl, let it sit for 5-8 minutes and gel. Add in coconut oil and cinnamon & heat in microwave for 40 seconds. Stir and then add in dash more of cinnamon and the nuts, seeds, fruit.