Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are aaaaaaamaazing. They can be used SO many different ways and they're crazy awesome for your body. In fact, I am reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall right now. It's about a tribe of Mexican runners called the Tarahumara Indians...and that's literally what they do. They run. Barefoot. Through the desert and mountains. For days and days on end. This tribe has been around for hundreds of years and they are incredibly elusive. The book's amazing, but there's even a section on chia seeds. These crazy runners, sprinting barefoot in loin cloths for two days straight without stopping, drink a pudding mixture called iskiate. It's chia seeds, water, a little sugar and a squirt of lime. The runners of the Tarahumara drink this mixture while they run to give them energy. It's like an energy gel shot but all natural and without crazy chemicals.
Quote from book: "In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone".
A rich source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, chia seeds give you the necessary nutrients for gorgeous hair, healthy nails, and smooth, glowing skin
Chia seeds are one of the highest plant based sources of protein you can find. Protein is an essential macro-nutrient needed for almost every function in your body. It helps with weight loss and is a must for building lean muscle.
They're a great source of fiber. This helps keep you feeling full, controlling hunger and balancing your appetite. It also means less sneaky snack attacks. Fiber helps regulate your system, which will contribute to detoxing.
The coolest thing about Chia seeds is that they have the ability to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, creating a unique gel that is incredibly hydrating and satisfying! Use chia seeds to make a pudding or add thickness to smoothies.
I use chia seeds in pretty much anything....I use them to bake as an egg substitute (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 3 tbsp water = 1 egg white), sprinkle them on my salads for lunch every day, in protein pancakes, to create pudding, and tons of other stuff! Most grocery stores in Tucson don't carry them and the nearest Whole Foods is almost an hour away, so I order them online at Amazon.