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Chia Seeds

posted by Estelle May 21, 2012 6 Comments

When I told my husband to sprinkle some Chia seeds on his salad he said, “Chia seeds? Like Chia Pet seeds?” Yup! That would be them! There has been quite the buzz behind these little seeds over the last year or so and for a good reason. Chia seeds have been called the world’s healthiest whole food because it contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and also contains significant amounts of protein, fiber and antioxidants. They also help control appetite and boost your energy.

1 tablespoon of Chia
– 2.1 g ALA (alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based form of omega-3 fats)
– 4 g Fiber
– 2 g Protein
– 58 Calories

Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are easily digested and don’t need to be ground up to receive the benefits. You can eat the whole seeds as a snack, sprinkle them on your salads or other food, add them into your nut butter, mix them in your smoothie, or use them to replace eggs in your baking!
2 tbsp chia + 6 tbsp water = 1 egg

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