If you answered yes, then the super food–Chia Seed–could be your answer. We have all heard of Chia Pets growing up–those little clay animals that were covered with sprouted seeds. Honestly, I can say my parents never bought me a Chia Pet so I’m feeling a bit deprived. Ever since Dr. Oz featured the health benefits of these seeds on his show there has been a heightened awareness of this super food which continues to grow.
Chia Seeds have been around for centuries and were a staple for the Native Americans of the Southwest and Mexico. In fact, they were considered so valuable that they were even used as currency! Chia Seeds were said to be so powerful that the Aztec warriors could subsist on as little as a teaspoon for a 24 hour forced march.
Not only can Chia Seeds increase your energy level but also they have numerous other health benefits. Chia Seeds have six times more calcium than milk, which assists in joint function, mobility, and strengthened muscles and bones. Chia Seeds’ insoluble fiber improves digestion and helps remove toxins. They have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels after meals, suppressing the appetite. In addition, the seeds contain all essential amino acids and are an ideal vegetarian protein alternative. By taking one serving size (2 tablespoons (20g)) daily you will receive 4000mg of Omega 3s.
Chia Seeds have a lightly nutty taste, without an odor, making it very easy to add to your favorite recipe. You can: eat Chia Seeds as a raw snack, sprinkle them on your cereal or yogurt, blend them with your favorite smoothie, mix them in with your favorite sauce when barbequing, sprinkle them over your salad, bake them into your favorite cookie recipe, or even soak them in beaten egg for ten minutes to enhance your omelet. The ways to incorporate Chia Seeds into your diet are endless. Try the smoothie recipe I found on www.chiaseedrecipes.com.
Chia Seed Smoothies
These smoothies are an ideal and easy way to get your daily serving of Chia Seeds. I like to soak the seeds in the juice for ten minutes or more to soften them, whisking the mixture a few times to prevent clumping, and allowing the seeds to soften and swell. This makes the smoothie smoother. If it ends up a little too thick for your liking, just add a little more juice. I prefer not to add any sweeteners to the smoothie, but a little stevia or honey can be added if you like. Drink your smoothie immediately as it will continue to thicken if you let it stand.
Orange Mango Cream Smoothie
1 1/2 cups of good quality orange juice
1/2 cup of ripe mango
1/2 a banana
2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds
Soak the Chia Seeds in the orange juice for 10 minutes. Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until creamy. Enjoy!
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