Monday, May 3, 2010

What are chia seeds?

You've probably heard about chia seeds but what are they? Chia (salvia hispanica) is an edible seed loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron, niacin and antioxidants.

In addition to containing all of those goods things mentioned above, chia combines with liquids in your stomach and creates a gel-like consistency which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. This will help you stay full longer and will keep your blood sugar from fluctuating.

Its mild flavor makes it easy to incorporate into your diet. Try adding a scoop to your smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt. You can also add a few scoops to your baked goods, grind it up to make flour or sprout it and add to sandwiches or salads. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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