So a friend of mine gave me a HUGE 2 pound bag of chia seeds. I started adding them to my morning smoothies. Since starting this process of healing my gut 2 months ago I fought with sugar cravings and with being hungry all of the time, which is why my friend gave me this huge bag. She said I need to make chia pudding. I’ll be honest I’ve tried a couple over the years and wasnt impressed.
My new goal is finding the perfect chia pudding recipe, or creating my own. I tried two last night and one was a huge winner, while the other was a huge disappointment. I made small batches one of strawberry almond chia pudding and Chocolate coffee chia pudding. My mouth started watering at the idea of chocolate and coffee, reminded me of my Dairy Queen days 20 years ago, making mud pie blizzards. Well the strawberry Almond was beautifully delicious, yes I impressed myself. And that means the chocolate and coffee was disastrous. My husband was so grossed out lol. But hey you can not win them all, it is trial and error. I will take this 50/50 start in my search. I will post pictures and my recipe soon!
So why Chia seeds?
Nutrition: One ounce of chia seeds is approximately 28 grams. It contains 138 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of fiber, 8 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.
I learned that consuming one ounce of chia seeds a day can provide 18% of daily calcium needs, 27% of phosphorus, and 30% of manganese.
The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Good Fiber Source
With 28 grams or a single-ounce serving of chia contains 11 grams of dietary fiber.
That is around 1/3 of the recommended daily consumption for adults. Incorporating chia seeds into your diet is an effortless way to make certain you are consuming a decent amount of fiber, which is vital for digestive health.
Eating vegetables isn’t the only way you can increase your intake of dietary fiber, so if you’re not big on salads, know that there are other options.
So I’ve been adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to my smoothies. It is a nutritious and filling way to start the day. Combine that with an egg white omelette cooked in a bit of coconut oil and you have yourself a well-balanced breakfast.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds are considered one of the top sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with almost 5 grams in a one-ounce serving, something I did not know.
They are abundant in polyunsaturated fats which include omega-3s. They are the most concentrated plant-based source of omega-3 which are essential fats that protect against inflammation such as heart disease and arthritis. The omega-3s in chia seeds can decrease high cholesterol and may improve cognitive performance. These fats are also essential for brain health, I hope this helps with my brain fog.
Antioxidants are important because they fight and protect against free radical damage which can contribute to disease and aging.
With only 9% of Americans getting the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, opportunities for improving health through sensible diet choices are welcome.
Chia seeds also are an excellent source of protein, especially for vegans, vegetarians and other non-meat eaters, my son doesn’t love meat so this was a great thing to learn.
A 28-gram serving of these wonder seeds contains 4.4 grams of protein, or around 10 per cent of the daily suggested value.
Chia seeds have been observed to enhance blood pressure levels among diabetics, and may also raise healthy cholesterol while decreasing total LDL, as well as triglyceride cholesterol.
For those who are borderline diabetic, or have a history of heart problems, you would do well to take pre-emptive measures by consuming heart healthy foods such as chia seeds.