The first time I ever tried chia seeds was in a glass of cold mint lemonade. My mother-in-law made these small, black, bubbly dots a part of her summer staples for refreshments and added the chia seeds to pretty much every drink she served.
She claimed chia seeds had incredible health benefits including weight loss, so as a new mom wanting to lose some extra belly chub, I thought, “Why not? bottoms up!”
Why Chia Seeds Are So Popular & How You Can Add Them To Your Diet
By: Toni Zargari
For a great lemonade recipe that will taste great with chia seeds, check out Island Kynks Caribbean Lemonade Recipe.
Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to water, hot tea, or cold beverages is not the only way to enjoy them.
According to Jennifer Landis of the Mindfulness Mama blog, chia seeds can be added to any number of dishes, like:
- Baked goods
Chia seeds and water can be used to form a gel-like substance that can be used as an egg substitute in dishes, [which is great if you’re a vegan.] They can also be turned into a mild pudding, which makes a perfect base for your favorite mix of fruit, spices, and nuts. – Jennifer Landis, Mindfulness Mama
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Chia seeds are considered to be a superfood, packed with protein.
Protein isn’t all that chia seeds have to offer! According to WebMD, one ounce (2 tablespoons) of chia seeds contains:
- 130 calories
- 4 grams of protein
- 9 grams of fat
- 12 grams of carbohydrates
- 11 grams of fiber
And that’s not all.
Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants.
Did you know that limes are also filled with antioxidants? Check out this Vegan Key Lime Pie recipe if you want to eat your limes as a delicious desert.
What is mostly remembered as the jingle commercialized in the late 1990s “ch-ch-ch-chia,” is not just for Chia Pets. In fact, they’ve been around long before that commercial ever ran.
The seeds of the Salvia hispanica were a staple of Mayan and Aztec diet and culture. The plant’s tiny, black and white seeds were a popular dietary staple, like maize, and the plants were also believed to serve religious purposes, as well. – Jennifer Landis, Mindfulness Mama
Chia seeds have a subtle nutty, grainy flavor which makes them perfect for use in various types of food.
I have yet to try them in anything other than drinks, but I may add them to my morning oatmeal this week.
When it comes to adding any new food in your diet, “Use caution and common sense,” Jennifer says. Chia seeds have been linked to dysphagia– that is difficulty in swallowing. If you have mustard or sesame seed allergies, or if you’re on blood pressure medications or blood thinners, you should avoid chia.
So what’s the verdict on chia seeds? Well, you have to try them for yourself. My mother-in-law insists they are the best thing since wheat bread (of course if you’re not gluten-free). I’m quite the fan of them… but what do you think? Comment below, and don’t forget to join our mailing list.
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