All about Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds – also known as the Running Seed
We’ve all heard of Chia Pets, so what exactly are chia seeds? Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica (a member of the mint family). It grows abundantly in Southern Mexico.
If your trying to lose weight and gain lean muscle these seeds are superb! They sustain hunger and also help with balancing the blood sugar levels in the body. This will give you a ton of energy!! When your blood sugar goes up due to eating starchy or sugary foods, this leads to lower energy later on when the high wears off. You end up feeling tired and have no energy. When your blood sugar is level, you have more energy and have less chance of developing type 2 diabetes as well.
You will be more regular when eating the seeds since they are a mixture of insoluble and soluble fibers and this is exactly what is needed to help keep a person regular. The insoluble fibers are not digested but help with moving foods through the digestive system smoothly instead. Also, the soluble fiber in the Chia seeds and the gel coating that is around it will help hydrating the colon and keeping food moving smoothly.
Chia is extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than fish and flax seeds! These oils are so important for your heart and cholesterol! Another advantage over flax seeds is that Chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t spoil for up to 2 years!
Chia is also rich in fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
One Tablespoon will sustain your appetite for a full 24 hours! It’s so tiny (I would compare to coarse pepper). You can use it when baking muffins, cakes and other baked goods. You can cut the amounts of oil or butter in half!
Chia seeds are a fantastic super food to use to improve your over all health, lose weight and gain muscle too! You will have more energy and feel better!
This one little seed is found in Shakeology and you get all those benefits and more! Chia seeds are just one of seventy beneficial ingredients that goes into Shakeology. Imagine getting all of those benefits from the chia seed every day with a quick healthy shake like Shakeology!
This blog is dedicated to Carole!