Over the last few years, chia seeds have caused quite a buzz. Chia seeds originally come from Chia Pets, the clay figurines that you can grow green “fur” from but they actually are a nutritious addition to your diet.
Research shows that consuming chia seeds on a regular basis as part of a healthy diet may help to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, contain 10 grams of fiber per ounce and are rich sources of iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. They are little nutritional powerhouses! Research shows that consuming chia seeds on a regular basis as part of a healthy diet may help to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
Chia seeds can be eaten many different ways and incorporated into all types of dishes. They can be eaten raw or cooked into foods. Chia seeds easily absorb liquids so they are simple to add to many foods.
Here are some ideas of how to use chia seeds in your daily diet:
1. CHIA SEED MUFFINS
It is so simple to incorporate some chia seeds into muffins. It packs a boost of extra nutrients, protein and fiber into the muffin. These can be eaten at any time of day, especially breakfast or snack. Chia seeds are hard to detect in these muffins but add those wonderful nutrients the body needs.
2. CHIA SEED GRANOLA
Making homemade granola is simple with oats, chia seeds, maple syrup and your choice of dried fruit and nuts. This would be great on top of yogurt or a smoothie. It can also be eaten with milk.
3. CHIA SEED DRESSING
Using chia seeds in salad dressing is a good way to give your dressing a bit of texture. Make it ahead of time so that the seeds have time to soak up the liquid and expand.
4. CHIA SEED OATMEAL
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and vitamins and minerals. Adding chia seeds boosts up the protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Add extra water so that the chia seeds can soak it up and expand.
5. CHIA SEED PUDDING
Did you know that you can make pudding out of chia seeds? That is a great way to pack in a bunch of chia seeds to really increase the fiber and protein in your diet.