A new thing I’ve discovered recently is the amazing power of chia seeds. I read a book called The Aztec Diet by Bob Arnot and I was blown away by the nutritional power contained in these little seeds.
Nutritional Power from 2 Tbsp’s of Chia:
11 grams of Fiber
4 grams of Protein
9 grams of Healthy Fat
5 grams of Omega-3s
18% of daily Calcium
30% of daily Manganese
30% of daily Magnesium
27% of daily Phosphorus
Also contains Zinc, Niacin, Potassium, and Thiamine
Crazy huh!?! Not only are they superfoods but these tiny treats prevent aging, help with your digestive system, your bones, and can prevent diseases. Convinced yet? Well here’s another benefit: Weight loss. One of the hardest parts about losing weight is the constant hunger accompanied by it. Not anymore! Chia seeds are amazing at satisfying hunger because they expand in your stomach and they satisfy the nutritional cravings in your body. I started incorporating them into my diet and couldn’t believe how full I felt after eating only a small amount!
Weight Loss Tip: Make a Chia Pudding as a snack or small meal (around 120 calories) and feel full for hours!
Basic Chia Pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup milk of choice (e.g. almond, coconut, rice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice (e.g. stevia, honey, dates)
Place the chia seeds, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup into a bowl and stir until well combined. Soak in the fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Additional Add Ins:
The possibilities are endless!