Chia seeds have become a very popular conversation starter when it comes to healthy food options and they’ve been a breakfast favorite of mine for longer than I can remember.
Don’t let these small seeds fool you. Even though they are small, they come jam-packed with protein, fiber calcium, and omega-3. There are so many benefits from eating Chia Seeds that it might even seem enticing to simply have a mouthful of them. However, there are particular ways to enjoy them properly.
WHAT BENEFITS DOES CHIA HAVE
As previously mentioned, despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
Furthermore, if you suffer from acne and blemishes (as I do), know that the Omega-3 fatty acids in chia can help aid the healing process of irritated blemish wounds, as well as protect the outer layer of skin from bacteria.
HOW MUCH CHIA CAN YOU EAT IN A DAY
A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds, twice per day.
However, please note that like everything else in life, eating chia seeds in excess can be harmful, as it may cause digestive issues. Being a strong source of fiber, excess intake of chia seeds can cause problems like abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas.
Option 1. Soaking
The most basic part of preparing these seeds is to soak them in water. This method allows the seeds to form a sort of gel-like coating that makes it easier for the digestion process. A helpful tip is to avoid taking a spoonful of dry chia seeds, as this has resulted in difficulty swallowing and may result in choking or feeling dehydrated (since chia seeds are capable of absorbing a lot of liquid, it’s important to stay well-hydrated when consuming them, particularly in dry form.).
After being soaked, you will instantly notice there will be a remarkable increase in the seed’s size. This is helpful if you’re looking to lose weight, as the extra volume around the seed keeps you satisfied longer throughout the day.
Option 2. Grinding
Another way of consuming chia seeds if by is grinding them. The idea is to have the seeds easier to consume in a powdered format. It is believed that consuming the seeds in a grounded form allows it to enter the bloodstream at a faster rate.
Option 3. Recipes
Chia seeds are flavorless so this allows it to be flexible to be added in a variety of recipes, which will instantly turn any food healthier. Chia seeds are great with mixed with pastries, smoothies, cereals, yogurt (my favorite way), juices of your choice, salads, and even water (my roommate in college drank water with chia seeds every day).
The Incredible Benefits from Adding Chia Seeds to Your Diet
Consistently using chia seeds on your diet will allow for better overall well-being and health. They are easy to consume and just as easily, they allow seemingly endless extra benefits into your body.
Try incorporating chia seeds in foods or drinks you are generally accustomed to preparing so you see what it’s all about, then move on to experimenting with new ideas and unique recipes. These unassuming seeds will make a wonderful impact on your daily self-care.
Enjoy being healthy; its quite easy to do so with chia seeds!
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