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Clean + Simple: Chia Seeds

I am currently in the process of becoming a “Certified Health Coach”, and while I’m not exactly sure how that will play out in my life besides being a cool title to add to my Linkedin page, I have at the very least picked up a few tips and tricks through the process.

In the midsts of superfoods and multi-vitamins, eating healthy can feel intimidating. Why are so many people obsessed with Avo-Toast? How many greens are too many greens? WTF is Kambutcha and why does it smell so gross?

And that’s where I’ll come in. Through this new segment I am introducing to the site, I hope to clear up some of the confusion that can come with eating well. Every once and a while, I’ll pop over here to introduce you to a new way of eating, a new ingredient, and few easy recipes.

For the first installment, I thought I would start with something simple, something many of you have probably heard of, and maybe even experimented with before.

Chia seeds .

What are chia seeds? Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that is native to parts of South America. The little seed comes in either a white or dark brown and black color, and can be eaten whole or milled.

When you’re buying chia, both white and black seeds are good choices, but make sure you are getting a good quality product and avoid red seeds (immature chia seeds), or small black seeds (weed seeds).

Benefits of chia seeds… Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins, meaning that little seed can pack a pretty big punch. Ancient Aztec’s used to refer to chia seeds as “running food” because of the supposed boost of energy they give you.  They’re made up of complex carbs (and a majority of those carbs come from fiber), so they break down slowly in your system, giving you lasting energy. Chia seeds also absorb around 10x their weight in water which is not only good for keeping you hydrated, and keeping your electrolytes in check, it also prolongs the amount of time you feel full for.

In case all these little babies we’re doing enough, chia seeds are packed with Omega-3s, which have been linked to heart health and cholesterol regulation. Bonus: Omega-3s also help keep your skin clear and your hair hydrated.

 

How do I use it?

Basically, I just sprinkle them onto anything, salads, yogurt, cottage cheese, whatever tickles your fancy.

They don’t really have any flavor, they just add a little extra crunch to whatever it is that you’re eating (which I loveeeee).

There is also these bars (basically my crack, once you go banana nut… you never go back), the Mama Chia Vitality Drinks are a personal favorite of mine, and below are a couple of recipes for you to try out if you want to spice things up a little bit:

✰ Raspberry & Vanilla Chia Seed Jam (myfussyeater.com)

✰ Chia Seed Pudding (byrdie.com)

✰ Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade with Chia (wifemamafoodie.com)

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+Until Next Time, Kirst