Repost: Mighty Little Chia Seeds

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The chia seed comes from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, grown in southern mexico and it has been consumed in that region since about 3500 BC. They were a main component of the aztec diet and consumed by the Maya as well. Chia seeds are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, omega-3’s and essential nutrients. One ounce contains 11 grams of fiber, a whopping 42% of your daily recommended amount, they have more omega-3’s than any other source per ounce, (including flax seeds and salmon) and chia seeds also provide your body with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Chia seeds have a neutral, slightly nutty flavor and can be added to almost anything- cereal, salads, smoothies, water or juice. When combined with liquid, chia seeds make a gel that is hydrating to your body. Add chia seeds to a glass of water with some lemon and/or lime. Add them to juice let stand for 10 minutes or so for a tasty chia pudding. For anegg replacement, add 1 tbsp of chia to 3 tbsp of water to equal one egg. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes until a gel forms. There is some research that they may help with weight loss since they can help you stay full longer.

So here’s to healthy living, fewer animal products and a happy family.

Sources
http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472548
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA365093/Chia-for-Health.html
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7928/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds.html

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