Superfood Spotlight Series: Chia Seeds
Chi-chi-chi-chia seeds! These supercharged black or white seeds originating from Central and South America are small but mighty! In water, they can absorb up to 10 times their weight, meaning they can help you feel full longer. This plant-based, high-protein source is a great option for vegans and vegetarians, as well as those considering or already on a weight-loss journey. The combination of fat, protein, and fiber found in chia seeds makes them an excellent, slow-burning energy source to help regulate blood-sugar levels throughout the day.
In just one serving of chia seeds (two tablespoons), there are a ton of nutritional and anti-inflammatory benefits. They contain essential B vitamins, including B1 and B2 to aid in digestion, as well as B3, which may help manage high cholesterol and heart disease. In one serving, there is a solid 5g of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to enhance brain and heart health. These magical seeds are also high in bone-building calcium, as well as immunity-supporting zinc.
Try sprinkling a few of these super seeds in a smoothie or on your next bowl of oatmeal for a superfood-filled breakfast.