Chia Seeds…So many nutrients, so little calories.
One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds contains Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. They also contain a good amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. They are black in color and they have a mild, nutty flavor. Raw, they can be sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. They can also be eaten cooked, added to baked goods like bread and muffins.
Chia seeds are high in antioxidants making them a super food among many other reasons. They are high in carbohydrates, but most of those carbohydrates are made up of fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water. Chia seeds are also a high source of protein, which is very helpful for vegetarians and vegans to get more healthy protein in their diet. Eating protein and fiber in your diet helps keep you full and satisfied. As well as high in protein chia seeds are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids making them a good fat, which helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol. Chia seeds are also high in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and these nutrients are important for bone health. They can also lower blood pressure and an indicator for inflammation. A diet with sufficient fiber prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
Chia seeds are a good carbohydrate for athletes to consume to increase their energy level while working out and because the chia gel can hydrate the body.
In a nutshell, chia seeds are good for everyone!
Add chia seeds to your Sweetberry Bowl to incorporate all of these healthy qualities into your diet today!