Chia Seeds-why they are good for us!

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(OrganicJar) Chia seeds are an ancient superfood that’s making a big comeback and for good reasons. These little black and white seeds are one of the most powerful, functional and nutritious superfoods in the world! Chia seed are an excellent source of fiber, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with vitamins, minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3.

Why You Should Eat Chia Seeds

– more Omega-3 than salmon
– more protein, fiber and calcium than flax seeds
– contains all essential amino acids
– twice the amount of potassium in a banana
– twice the protein of any other seed or grain
– three times the antioxidants of organic blueberries
– three times more iron than spinach
– five times the calcium of milk
– fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli

Chia seeds absorb more than nine times their weight in water and form a gel that causes a slow release of carbohydrates and an equally slow conversion of carbohydrates into glucose for energy. Research shows that chia improves diabetes, lowers cholesterol, induces weight loss and increases your strength, endurance and energy levels.

How To Eat Chia Seeds

There are unlimited ways to incorporate Chia Seeds into your diet. Just remember you can substitute chia seeds in any recipe that calls for flax seeds. I’ve been eating chia seeds for a while now and love them. They’re very easy to incorporate into your diet. The fastest and easiest way to eat chia seeds is to add it to the water you drink everyday. I add one tablespoon of chia seeds into an eight-ounce glass of water or juice, make sure to stir and break up any lumps, let it sit for about five minutes and drink.

You can also make a ‘Chia Gel’ by adding 1/3 cup of chia seeds to 2 cups of water. Make sure to stir the mixture to avoid clumps and in about 10 minutes it’s done. There are tons of ways to use chia seeds. You can add them to cereal, yogurt, salads, soups, granola, oatmeal, smoothies…the list goes on forever.

Would love to hear recipes anyone has and where online you buy your Chia Seeds.

 Source : http://organicjar.com/2008/729/
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