Today I picked up a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and asked the smoothie guy to put chia seeds in it. Best decision of the day. So I thought, in honor of my happy moment, I’d post a piece about all the health benefits of chia seeds! The story is that chia seeds are this ancient natural “super food” that originated in Mexico 2,600 BCish. They were known as “running food” because of all their great health benefits. My home stay mom told me this while I was traveling in Argentina, but supposedly these magical seeds were known for giving the Aztec warriors their incredible strength (probably an over exaggeration…) Not convinced yet? Check it out:
1. They’re super rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help with high cholesterol and enhance your brain performance
2. They have lots of fiber
3. They make you feel satisfied for longer, so you don’t give into hunger cravings. A little seed won’t do a thing to your figure, a pizza might.
4. They have antioxidants that can help fight cancer and other diseases. They can also help with aging 🙂
5. They’re gluten free!
6. They can replace eggs because their outer shell swells and becomes gelly-like when in liquid
7. Couldn’t say it better myself: “A study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” showed that chia seeds as a dietary fat source can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol. The study also found that when substituting chia seeds for other fat sources, such as corn oil, the ALA was able to prevent high triglyceride levels and reduce central obesity” (http://healthyeating.sfgate.com)
8. They can help regulate your blood sugar levels
9.Again: “Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.”
10. Last but not least: They don’t need to be ground up in order to provide all of these awesome benefits! So drink em down.
I imagine with all those awesome health pluses they’re a pretty decent pre-workout snack. And I love them because you can put them on/in absolutely anything without ruining the flavor. Try mixing some dry seeds in with your granola or oatmeal, that’ll mask them even more than having them floating around in juice 🙂