One of the best ways to get some serious nutrition without much effort is to include some superfoods in your daily diet. Now, a superfood is any food that has an extraordinarily high nutrients-to-serving ratio and, best of all, a small amount can go a long way. Today, I want to focus the spotlight on chia seeds. Chia seeds are tiny seeds that have a slightly nutty flavor. They are available in two colors: black and white. Other than appearance, there is essentially no difference in their nutrient profile. They are loaded with fiber and protein as well as being a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Did you know that the ancient Maya would eat these before going into battle because they could literally fight all day on just a meal of chia seeds? Now if chia seeds could provide the Maya with that kind of energy and endurance, imagine what they can do for you! For starters, they can contribute to colon health and can even reduce hunger. How? Chia seeds have a large amount of soluble fiber and can absorb up to ten times their body weight in water! You can see this if you put some of these seeds in a glass and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Here are some ways to include these powerhouses in your diet:
- Add them to smoothies. Use about 1 tablespoon
- Add to chili to thicken. Use anywhere from 1-3 tablespoons. Just be sure to grind them in a blender first.
- Make pudding! Just Google “chia pudding recipe” for some great options.
There are so many ways to use these versatile seeds in your diet. One of my favorite resources is the book, The Superfood Kitchen, by Julie Morris. She has amazing recipes in there that use chia seeds as well as other superfoods. Believe me, once you try them you will be hooked!