The chia pet!  Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha CHIA!

Oh and yes!  There is now an Obama Chia!  So, after discovering the craz about health blogs, I began running into commonalities…lets make a list:

Health blogs usually post:

-what they eat during the day

-workouts (some are training for something specific)

-recipes

-lots of pictures of food (my favorite)

Green Monsters

-oatmeal for breakfast!

Garmin Watches

hemp seeds

Superfoods

-raw foods

AND…drumroll please!!!!

CHIA SEEDS!!!  The same chia seeds that grow on the head of a CHIA PET!  So of course I went with the trend and decided to purchase some online.  But, I have good reasons!!!  What are the benefits of this silly seed???  SO SO SOOOO MANY!!!

(All of this information is cited from www.ohsheglows.com, but you can also do a simple google search and find out lots of info.)

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • 3x the antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 5 grams of fibre per serving
  • 15x the magnesium than broccoli
  • 2.5x the protein in beans
  • 6x the calcium in milk!
  • 3x the iron in spinach

WOW!!!!!!!!!

  • 30% of the chia seed’s oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil. This provides the nice balance those who take supplemental Essential Fatty Acids are looking for. The chia seed’s substantially dense percentage in alpha-linolenic fatty acid also makes this seed a healthy dietary source of fatty acids.
  • You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not the case with chia seeds (amazing huh!!)
  • The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
  • Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry!
  • Chia seeds provide antioxidant activity
  • Chia seeds are detoxifying!
  • Mix Chia seeds into yogurt, sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine!

For a person who doesn’t eat meat very much (maybe once every few months, or not even that!) or dairy, this seed is SIMPLY PERFECT!  I can’t wait to start using it in everything!  Especially my Green Monsters in the morning, which–try using Hemp Milk when making these.  So much protein 🙂

I’ll let you know how all my recipes go with the chia seeds once I get them in 🙂 

I’m feeling like french toast for dinner… 🙂

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