We try incorporating superfoods into our diets as often as humanly possible, and chia seeds are among our favorites. Why are these tiny little seeds so good for you? Let us count the ways:
1. Thanks to their ability to retain large amounts of water -about 10 times their weight- they’re super hydrating and help keep you full.
2. Chia seeds slow down how quickly our bodies convert calories from carbohydrates into simple sugars (and we don’t know about you, but we can use all the help with carbs we can get).
3. Packed with essential fatty acids, they’re great for your skin.
4. They’re a good source of protein, fiber, magnesium, and calcium.
5. Last but not least, they contain more age-fighting antioxidants than blueberries.
Now that the why is covered, how can you incorporate them into your diet? It’s as simple as tossing them into smoothies, yogurt, cereal, over apple wedges with peanut butter, or into homemade energy bars. Or get a little fancier…raw food chef and health coach Emilie McBride shares a chia seed pudding recipe from her Raw Food Beginner’s Deck that’s almost guaranteed to take your breakfast oatmeal’s place. Follow the link below for the recipe.
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