Chia seeds are small, edible seeds that come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. The seeds date as far back as the Aztec and Mayan culture, booth cultures used them for a boost in energy and health.
Chia seeds can be eaten unprocessed, and they are absorbed into the body more effectively than other seeds, such as flax seeds.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds contains 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 2282 mg of Omega 3 and 752 mg of Omega 6 fatty acids (This makes them a really great source of both fiber and Omegas)
Chia seeds contain iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc
Emerging research suggests that including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. Also, some other potential health benefits include: weight loss, improved digestion, gut health, immune system, decreased inflammation, stronger bones and teeth and combat diabetes.
Get Creative and Add Chia Seeds to:
Smoothies and Shakes
And last but not least the Live Licious Energy Bites!! These literally will take you 5 minutes to whip up and they are really delicious. Enjoy!
RAW GINGER ENERGY BITES
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw cashews
½ cup pitted dates
1 inch to 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger
½ Tablespoon chia seeds
A pinch of salt
Combine all the ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor until the mixture start to form a ball or dough like texture.
Roll into tablespoon sized balls and refrigerate or freeze for later.
You can refrigerate these and they will stay good for at least a week. If you are wanting to use them for hiking, running, biking – other endurance activities – I would put a few in a small portable container in the fridge for a quick grab-n-go.