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Have you tried Chia Seeds?
I recently started incorporating them into my diet. I love them! And they’re great for you. Here are some of the health benefits of Chia Seeds:
Omega-3: They are the richest plant-source of Omega-3, which are the fats that protect against inflammation, and are important in heart and cholesterol health. Chia Seeds contain more Omega-3 than salmon. They are a great way for vegetarians to get their Omega-3.
Weight Loss: They can help aid in weight loss. They help to reduce food cravings by blocking some calorie absorption. They also help by making you feel fuller faster, because they absorb 10 times their weight in water.
Protein: Chia is one of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein. I’ve already blogged about how important protein is. 🙂
Anti-Oxidants: Chia seeds are extremely high in anti-oxidants. You’ve probably read about the effects of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body.
And one of the great things about Chia Seeds is that they are relatively flavorless, so you can add them to any of your foods and they will never dilute the flavor of your food.
You can do a lot with chia seeds. You can add them to liquids, sprinkle them on foods, if you soak them they turn into gel. I add some to my smoothies, or sprinkle them on my salads. A while ago I made this Chia Seed Pudding that I loved, and it was great to snack on:
Peach Vanilla Banana Chia Seed Pudding
2 cups Almond Milk
6 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 chopped bananas
1 peach, diced
Dash of Cinnamon
Mash up the banana, and stir together with almond milk, vanilla, chia seeds and cinnamon. Dice your peach into little cubes and stir into the mixture.
Cover and place into the fridge overnight.
This made enough for me to have a little for breakfast and afternoon snacks for a couple days, and I thought it was yummy! There are many other chia seed pudding recipes you can find. Share with me your favorite!
How do you eat your chia seeds?