💥Organic Chia Seeds now available at Casa Kusina!💥
What are Chia seeds?
Chia seeds are an amazing superfood that contain numerous health and healing benefits. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, strontium, and iron.
BENEFITS OF EATING CHIA SEEDS:
1. Chia seeds boost your heart health. -
They can help lower your serum triglycerides and "bad" cholesterol levels (LDL) while increasing "good" cholesterol (HDL)
2. They can help control your weight.
They're also an excellent source of fiber, which is great on its own for keeping us fuller longer. Even better: The combination of protein and fiber makes for a "perfect" meal or snack when it comes to making you satisfied and preventing that blood sugar "spike" (and subsequent crash) that you get from snacks that are not as nutrient-dense.
3. Chia are a chronic disease fighter.
Their inflammation-fighting effects can help reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune disorders such as arthritis. Omega-3s are also associated with improved cognition and neurologic function.
Another benefit: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which are important for immune function and protection of our body's cells from damage.
4. They're a gluten-free goldmine.
For people with gluten intolerance/Celiac disease, chia seeds pack important benefits. They're an easy, readily available source of fiber and protein. A
5 Ways to Try Chia:
1. Muffins and cookies: Chia seeds add fiber to traditionally dense, highly-processed baked goods. Plus, some vegan or gluten-free recipes incorporate chia in place of eggs or flour to yield a similar consistency.
2. Pudding: Chia pudding is definitely a "thing." Because chia seeds retain and swell in liquid, they can transform any type of milk into a gel-like consistency — a major benefit when making some vegan puddings or whipping up dessert without another load of dishes (chia puddings "gel" overnight in the fridge, sans-saucepan).
3. Salad or soup topping: Sprinkling a tablespoon of chia seeds can help add a little crunch to salads and soups. Amping up the fiber can help you stay satisfied even longer and gives an extra bit of nuttiness to any traditional recipe.
4. Beverage addition: Chia water, chia tea, chia cocktails … you name it, these little seeds are in just about everything. The best part? Adding chia to calorie-free beverages may have weight-loss potential.
5. Hot cereal: Sprinkle these seeds on top of hot cereals instead of (or in addition to) nuts and fruit. The heart-healthy omega-3 fats will stave off cravings until lunch.