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Thursday, March 29, 2012

ch-ch-ch-CHIA seeds.

I've been hearing a lot of buzz about the nutritional powerhouse in these teensie little seeds

What are chia seeds? These tiny, dark colored seeds can be found in most health food stores and are a nutritional powerhouse of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Chia is also a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids.

have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
are as high in protein as quinoa
are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants
help balance blood sugar via the gelling action of the seed and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber that slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars
have a neutral taste so they will take on the other flavors in a recipe
can be eaten whole (unlike flax seed); they don't have to be ground before adding them to food in order to digest them and benefit from their nutrients

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