Chia seeds are one of the top super-foods in the market.
Despite their small size they are loaded with nutrients that are very important for your body and brain.
Yes! The have a lot of benefits and with the smaller amount of calories, if we have a look at 1 serving of chia seeds (2 tablespoon), it contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
That a lot of nutrients in 2 tablespoons of 137 calories and 1 g of carbs.
Chia seeds are also high in antioxidants, and plus almost all of the carbohydrates in them are fiber that is what gives them the ability of absorbing several times their weight in water.
Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods, which makes them perfect for vegan recipes. And we all know that protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient, it can reduce appetite and cravings.
And because Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein that make them perfect for bone health.
With all those benefits, chia seeds should be more present in your diet. There are so many ways to add it to your food. We will explore that in our recipes!!
We can add it in jams, in smoothies, puddings, and baked products. You can also just sprinkle it on top of yoghurt or vegetables. Their gel-like effect makes them perfect for cooking and substituting many ingredients with them .
Stay tuned for more and more recipes with chia seeds.
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