Ever hear of Chia seeds before? Remember chia pets? Those pet’s that grew when watered? Those pet’s were “Powered by: Chia seeds!” believe it or not. Chia seeds are a nutrient rich superfood that I originally learned about from my friend Nick Meyer, who’s a health blogger at AltHealthWorks.com Intrigued by them, I got some myself and thought they tasted good and liked the jello-type texture they had when they jelled up.
Chia seeds are very nutrient dense, they are rich in omega 3 fats, which are responsible for brain health, hair, skin and nails, as well as other functions in the body. Chia seeds are also very protein rich, accounting for about 20% of their weight! They are rich in fiber which helps to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and balance bowel movement and regularity as well.
Beyond that they are antioxidant rich, so rich in antioxidants in fact that they can last up to two years without refrigeration. Talk about “Super-Food” huh? They contain mineral such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and more. One great aspect of these seeds too is that they provide you with that full feeling, satiety. That full feeling is great when it comes to chia seeds because they are so nutrient dense, so make a pudding, drink them in water, or add them to recipes and feel full all day long without worrying about packing on the pounds.
The great thing that most people don’t know about chia seeds as well is that because they are so dense they actually slow the digestive system, which in this case is a good thing because it restricts blood sugar (insulin) spikes in the body which can be associated with stress hormones and putting on fat. So this slowing of the digestive system actually creates more ease and balance in your blood sugar levels allowing for more balance in the gut and digestive health.
One of my friends said that she used chia seeds throughout her pregnancy for her second child and the child birthed much easier than her first child and seemed to have a ‘chia glue’ around him when he came out of the womb. There’s something to be said about the fluidity and unique profile of this seed and the vast nutritional benefits.
I recommend including them before an exercise or workout routine, them along with my amazon herbs from OrganicRainforestHerbs.com (Warrior and Sumacazon) are great sources of energy, and it seems that when I take these herbs with the chia seeds at the same time the herbs, oxygen and hydration are in the blood at the perfect timing. The first time I mixed warrior (herbal blend) with chia seeds I had so much energy that I did my workout, played basketball with some kid’s at the park and then continuously had energy to play basketball again, I had more energy than the little kid’s had and could have kept going.
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Enjoy the chia seed recipes, you can make pudding or just add them to water and drink away!
– David Benjamin