When it comes to superfoods, chia seeds are at the top of the list. You’ve probably heard a lot about chia seeds and its many health benefits, but do you really understand what they are? Chia seeds offer numerous medicinal properties and are brimming with nutritional value. Moreover, you can incorporate chia seeds to your daily routine in multiple ways. Just read on as to why chia seeds need to be in your kitchen.
Chia Seeds Pack a Nutritional Punch:
Don’t let the small size of chia seeds fool you! For such a tiny seed, they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Take a look below at what just one ounce can do!
Just 1 ounce, or 28 grams, serving of chia seeds contains the following:
– Fiber: 11 grams
– Protein: 4 grams
– Fat: 9 grams (5 that are Omega-3s)
– Calcium: 18% RDA
– Manganese: 30% RDA
– Magnesium: 30% RDA
– Phosphorus: 27% RDA
– Plus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Helps With Weight Loss
This might just be a fan favorite – chia seeds help with weight loss. As they are loaded with high fiber and protein contents, they’re a perfect weight loss option. The fiber will soak up large amounts of water that expand in your stomach. As the seeds then expand, you feel more full and will slow the absorption of food. That sounds like music to our ears! Add chia seeds to cereal, yogurt, pudding, water, stir fry and more.
Improves Exercise Performance
Let’s talk about weight loss once again. When it comes to your exercise performance, chia seeds can really help here. More than a sports drink ever could. Now that’s intriguing! Most sports drinks out there are filled with sugar and caffeine, meaning you need to drink even more water to remain hydrated. Opting for a pre or post chia seed drink will give you a natural boost of sustained energy and hydration.
An easy drink recipe for weight loss and exercise performance: Add a spoonful of chia seeds, with a touch of lemon, to your water or caffeine-free sports drink. That’s it! Told you it was easy.
Skin & Aging
Researchers from Mexico recently discovered that chia seeds are loaded with a natural phenolic (antioxidants) concentration which is nearly two times more than what we knew before. Moreover, the antioxidant activity clearly shows a stoppage of about 70% of free radical activity. Therefore the antioxidants will speed up your skin’s repair systems, and this will help to prevent additional damage, like premature skin aging. If the weight loss benefits weren’t enough, maybe this will convince you to add chia seeds to your daily routine!