Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

If you have been to a cafe for breakfast lately, I bet that you have seen chia seeds on the menu.   Chia seeds are one of the newest ‘superfoods’ – these tiny seeds are full of natural goodness.  In this blog, I will put the spotlight on chia and explain why you should make them a regular part of your diet.

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fibre, 'good' oil and low carb

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fibre, ‘good’ oil and low carb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chia seeds are simply tiny black seeds that are produced by the plant Saliva Hispanica, which is a species related to mint.  This plant grows natively in South America.  Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans.  These ancient tribes ate them for their therapeutic benefit of being able to provide energy & endurance… in fact, ‘chia’ is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’.  Despite their history as a dietary staple in South America, only recently has chia seeds been recognized as a modern day superfood.

So why are chia seeds so amazing?  There are many reasons!  Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provides you with 11g of fibre, 9g of GOOD Omega-3 fats (usually only found in fish, so this is a great addition to the diet if you don’t like seafood), 4g of protein, 20% of your recommended daily allowance for calcium and 30% of your recommended daily allowance for magnesium – WOW!  Be aware that the fibre in the chia seeds is NOT absorbed by the gut (making it great to help those with a sluggish bowel), so the amount of carbohydrate in a two tablespoon serve is only 1g.  Low carb, high in fibre, good fats and protein…what is not to love?

Because of the high fibre content, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach.  It is this ability that makes chia such an effective ‘bulker’ in the digestive system, which helps to naturally relieve symptoms of constipation.  Not only that, this ‘bulking’ ability should increase fullness, slow down the absorption of food in your stomach and therefore help to decrease your appetite.

So if you are convinced that you need chia in your diet, you probably are wondering how you prepare – I mean, they are just tiny seeds.  The seeds themselves taste rather bland, so you can add them to most things.  They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, or just raw and sprinkled on top of porridge and cereal or added to baked goods.  A really simple breakfast (which I enjoy a few times a week) is simply 2 tablespoons of chia placed in a small bowl, and covered with ¼ cup of water.  Stir water through seeds and place in the refrigerator overnight.  The next day, add a few tablespoons of Greek yoghurt and some chopped fruit – stir and it’s ready to eat!  The chia will ‘swell’ overnight and appear gel-like, however this quick to prepare breakfast is easy and so nutritious.

The clients’ of The Natural Way eat REAL FOOD while they lose weight with us – therefore, it is important for you to understand the difference between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ choices.   We take the time, during your private consultations, to educate you on all aspects of nutrition and your health, so you know exactly how to keep the weight off once you reach your goal. Call The Natural Way on 1300 SLIMMER (1300754663) and make your FREE appointment to find out more about how The Natural Way can help you to make the RIGHT food choices so you can be happier and healthier forever.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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