Chia seeds are super seeds that are a vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fiber, and chia seeds can easily be added into your diet. Chia seeds plant is native to Mexico, one of the known benefits of chia seeds is to stabilize blood sugar and curb sugar cravings. Eating chia seeds is good for the heart due to healthy anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds can be eaten whole unlike flax seeds that have to be grounded before consumption. Chia seeds are versatile and can be added into your diet in a number of ways.
- Chia seeds have a neutral taste, so these can be added into anything–your morning smoothie, as a topping on your salads and morning toast. Add it into your breakfast cereal or oats. Chia contains calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium, and phosphorus, this is a good boost for your immunity and overall energy.
- Pairing healthy fats with vegetables and fruits help the body absorb nutrients better that is why most healthy salads have olive oil or coconut oil as the base, chia seeds have healthy fats too in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Adding chia seeds into your morning smoothie keeps you hydrated for longer.
- You can bake with chia seeds, whether you are making breads, pancakes or muffins, you can bake it with chia seeds. Chia seeds have a neutral taste, so you can mix them in your baking batter.
- Boost up the health quotient of your plain yogurt or Greek yogurt with chia seeds, if you take it in the morning, you’ll get enough fiber for the day and would feel satiated.
- It is not advised to eat whole dry chia seeds, these are seeds not nuts and must have fluid to soak up, so you can use chia seeds in soups and puddings. If you want to drink chia seeds with water, soak them up for 8-12 hours and drink with a glass of water.