Ever heard of Chia Seeds?  Considering everything I’ve heard about them lately, they are definitely worth checking out.

This week, I challenge you to give Chia Seeds a try.Chia-Seeds-Presoak-9510

Why?

Chia Seeds are packed with fiber, Omega-3’s, antioxidants, calcium (one ounce provides about 18% of the recommended daily value) and proteins.  They are a great way to increase your intake of these healthy nutrients.   In addition to these nutrients, chia seeds are also a good source of minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese.Unlike flax-seed (which contains many of the same benefits), they don’t have to be ground to be digested.  They also don’t spoil as quickly as flax seed does.

What exactly are chia seeds?  They are literally seeds harvested from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a member of the mint family.  It grows wild in South America and the seeds were historically a native food source for populations of that area.

Here are the numbers:  A one ounce serving of chia seeds (approximately two tablespoons) provides 137 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of dietary fiber, and 9 grams of fat.

How?

Thanks to the ability to eat them raw, chia seeds can be sprinkled on salads, pastas, cereal, yogurt or just about anything else.  You could also add a teaspoon to a smoothie or even mix them with a drink.  You can even throw them in your pancake or quick bread batter.  Love Kombucha?  I’ve even purchased a version that has chia seeds right in the bottle before.

So just buy a bag and add a teaspoon to a few dishes this week.  Simple!

***Caution:  If you have severe nut or seed allergies, you might want to be cautious about trying them (I have a tree nut allergy but have no issues with chia seeds). Also, they could interact with some heart and high blood pressure medication, so check with your doctor before giving them a shot if you are on this type of medication.***

If any of you currently enjoy chia seeds, I’d love to hear how you use them in the comments!

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