For such a small seed, chia seeds are packed with beneficial nutrients. They are easy to include into our everyday foods, which explains why health-conscious consumers have popularized it as an important ingredient to a healthy diet. Read on to find out why we think that chia seeds deserve their superfood status!
They serve as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help raise the “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) that protects against stroke and heart attack.
They are rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. (A serving of chia seeds can make up a third of your daily fibre. But hold your horses!! 1 ounce is enough for most people. Any more may wreck havoc to your bowels. Don't say we didn't warn you!)
WAYS TO ENJOY CHIA SEED
Any old school parent would tell you that the way they consumed chia seeds was to just mix a spoonful with water. While it is still a viable option, we are lucky to have yummier ways to enjoy them!
Chia seeds can be eaten both cooked or raw. However, they should be added to another food or soaked before eating.
A popular way to enjoy them is with your good ol' yogurt! Mix a spoonful into your yogurt, and top it off with any fruit or oat of your choice. Classic!
Add it into your drink! Water is still an option but it's not a bad idea to add it in your honey lemon, fruit juices or smoothies!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS SUPERFOOD
Just like adding lemon to the water we drink, adding chia seeds to our diets is a really easy yet healthy habit that anyone can adopt.
If you are taking small steps to a healthier diet, chia seeds are a good way to start. But don't forget! The best diet is always one that is balanced.