You’ve heard “good things come in small packages!” Don’t let the tiny size of chia seeds fool you – they pack a powerful nutritional punch! Chia seeds come from the Salvia Hispanica plant, which is related to mint. These tiny black seeds are well known for their ability to provide sustainable energy, but they also provide a lot of nutritional value in just a small serving. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds provide the following nutrients:
Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams (5g are Omega-3s)
Calcium: 18% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake)
Manganese: 30% of the RDI
Magnesium: 30% of the RDI
Phosphorus 27% of the RDI
They also contain Zinc, Vitamins B1, B2, and B3, and potassium. With a very low 137 calorie count per serving, it makes chia seeds one of the world’s best sources of nutrients, calorie for calorie.
Chia seeds are a great addition to a smoothie, yogurt, pudding, salad or oatmeal and the gel produced from them can be used as an egg substitute. They are easy to prepare and have a rather bland flavor, so they can be added to almost anything! Adding a few to your favorite recipe will instantly increase its nutritional value! Their rich source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids make them the perfect addition to any diet to provide anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and support heart, liver, and brain functions. The high dose of fiber keeps you feeling full longer, which can help reduce snacking in between meals and aid in a healthy weight loss routine.
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