Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 Black chia seeds. They might look weird, but they are SO good for you!

Black chia seeds. They might look weird, but they are SO good for you!

Like many people, I am wary of anything claiming to be healthy. Most days, I would prefer to eat nothing but potato chips, M&Ms and cheese. Since none of those things are very good for my body, I'm forced to look to other sources. 

One of my favorite things about these little guys is that it doesn't take very many chia seeds to give you the health boost that your body needs. While you might be more familiar with using them to grow hair for a planter, they can also be used in a number of recipes to help up the nutritional content. 

  • A single ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons) provides 4.4g of protein. For most of us, that's almost 10% of our daily recommended value. If you struggle to get protein in your diet, this is a great way to round out the rest of your sources. Since chia seeds can easily be added to other foods (smoothies, soups, etc), they don't add a lot of extra volume. 
  • They might be big on nutritional content, but they have an overall low calorie count. The same ounce that gave you a boost of protein only has 140 calories. Most of those come from the fiber content (nearly 11g), which helps keep your blood sugar stable. 
  • Chia seeds hold a lot of water (which is why they are great for smoothies and pudding). This means that they can help keep your body hydrated. Exposing them to water before consuming (which happens naturally in most recipes) will help them bring that extra water to your tissue. 

In case you aren't convinced, I can promise they don't add a lot of flavor. They do, however, have a bit of a slimy texture. If that sort of thing bothers you, check out hemp hearts as another healthy, but less textured option. 

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