Sunday, August 11, 2013

The DL on Chia Seeds

Although small this little seed is rather mighty! Use of the chia seed in the diet dates back to when the Aztecs and Mayans were still roaming the either. They loved these little seeds because of the effect they had on the body. Chia seeds were popular among these ancient for their ability  to increase stamina. Not only are these seeds full of antioxidants, but they also contain high levels omega fatty acids,  calcium, protein, and fiber. These little guys even have more omega-3 than salmon. Chia seeds absorb water and then expand in your stomach helping curb appetite. This is great for those trying to lose weight but just seem to be hungry all the time. Chia seeds have also been seen to control blood sugar, so for all you diabetics out there eat up! Chia seeds are also known to reduce blood pressure, talk about a food that simply does it all!! Another fabulous thing about these guys are that they are so versatile. Some of my favorite ways to eat chia seeds are to mix them in my oatmeal, protein pancakes, smoothie, yogurt, almond meal muffins, even use mixed with oats as a breading for baked chicken!