Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Superfood: Chia Seeds

On a recommendation from my uncle, my mom and I have started adding a serving of Chia seeds to our daily diet.

So what's a Chia seed? (Yes, it's the same plant as a Chia Pet.)

Grown in Mexico, Chia seeds were a staple of the Mayans and Aztecs because of their health benefits. They contain more Omega-3 acid than flax seeds and more antioxidants than blueberries! They also can help balance blood sugar, are packed with vitamins and are easily digestable so there's no need to grind them. They're loaded with fiber to help digestion, and can have a positive effect on cholesterol. They also are a complete protein and can supply healthy, steady energy. Bonus: The seeds can absorb nine times their weight in water and can help you feel fuller, longer.

I like to add a serving to my morning yogurt, sprinkle some on salads, mix them in smoothies or use them in recipes.

Here are a few recipes I can't wait to try.

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Raw Chia Cookies

Banana Chia Seed Pudding

If you'd like to try the recipes, too, you can get Chia seeds at most health food stores like Whole Foods or Hy-Vee's health food market. They're also available online.

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