Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet…..a modern day (although the Aztecs and Mayans have used them for centuries) superfood, if you will. Here are some reasons why you should add chia seeds into your diet.
1) They are high in fiber, protein, anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s fatty acids, and many micronutrients like magnesium.
2) They are very high in antioxidants and very low in calories. 3) They are low in carbohydrates and very high in fiber.
4)They are high in high quality protein.
All of that translates into a food that is nutrient dense, can help in weight loss and blood sugar reduction, can improve sports performance and heart health, and has many nutrients known to be great for strong bones and cancer prevention.
Chia seeds are easy to use–you can throw them into smoothies, bake with them, add them to soups and stews, or my personal favorite, a chia seed “pudding.”
Here is my favorite go-to chia seed pudding recipe. I will commonly make a batch to keep in the fridge and serve it with fresh berries on top for a hearty, fast breakfast or healthy mid-day snack. Enjoy!
Chia Seed Pudding:
1/2 cup black chia seeds
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
A sprinkle of cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the ingredients together and let them sit in the fridge for 2 hours. Serve with fresh berries on top and enjoy!