Monday, July 21, 2014

Spotlight on Chia! This is an amazing little seed!

Some Pretty Great Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds

Chia-An Amazing Little Seed
  • Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
  • Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
  • Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body.
  • Reduce your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
  • Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  • Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.
Chia is also one of the awesome ingredients of Shakeology!  I am so glad it is contained in my Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition that I drink every day!

Looking for a chocolate treat?  Try these Paleo Peanut Butter Cups

Here is an awsome little recipe for Chia Pudding!  This is an awesome little snack!

2 cups plain almond milk
½ cinnamon stick
1 inch piece of lemon rind (make sure it doesn’t have any white pith on it)
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp Agave Nectar
4 tablespoons chia seeds
Ground cinnamon, for dusting (optional)

Combine the milk, cinnamon stick, and lemon rind and vanilla extract in a saucepan.  Bring to a gentle boil and then remove from the heat. Add agave and let cool.
Remove the cinnamon stick from the milk. Whisk in the chia seeds. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate overnight. If you remember, shake the container every so often to avoid the chia seeds clumping together.
Serve cold with a dusting of cinnamon.

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