Chia seeds...you may have heard about these seeds recently. Besides the seasonal Chia Pet commercials that begin regular rotation during the holidays, chia seeds are good for your health and beauty. These tiny seeds the size of the top of a pin are actually an incredible super food, giving you gorgeous hair and glowing skin.
Chia seeds have a long history, beginning in the Pre-Columbian era in Central America. They provided a main component of Aztec and Mayan diets. Aztec warriors were known to survive 24 hours on only one tablespoon of the seeds. After the Spanish conquest, these seeds fell out of favor due to their association with Aztec religions. Thankfully these beauty and healthy power seeds are making a big comeback, and with good reason!
One ounce of chia seeds has almost 10 grams of fiber, five grams of Omega 3's, and 179 milligrams of calcium, that's 18% of your recommended daily intake of calcium! As for omega 3's, chia seeds are one of the most concentrated sources available, ounce for ounce, having more Omega 3's than even salmon.
Earlier this year we wrote a blog about the importance of Omega 3's for your beauty and health. Omega 3's help with your heart's efficiency, they are also food for your brain, having also been shown to help reduce depression. In addition to these excellent health benefits, Omega 3's keep your nails, hair and skin hydrated, essentially helping to provide essential hydration from the inside out, helping each cell to function like a well-oiled machine.
Chia seeds are the perfect Omega 3 source for vegetarians, unlike flax seeds that have to be ground just before eating, no grinding is necessary. Chia seeds, unlike many other plant-based omega 3 sources, have up to 5 years of stable shelf life. Each seed will swell when added to a liquid and will absorb the flavor of the liquid, this gel like shell will help hold and absorb moisture as it's processed through the body, keeping hydration at ultimate levels.
Chia seeds can be used to create a refreshing and healthy drink called Chia Fresca, one of our favorites is pomegranate-lime Fresca, simply soak 3 tablespoons of chia seeds in 3/4 cup of pomegranate juice and ¼ cup of water for 15 minutes, a quick stir, then a squeeze of lime juice, delicious! Chia seeds, when not soaked, have a nutty taste and crunchy texture. Perfect for sprinkling on yogurt, ice cream, or added for a little crunch in your smoothie.
Available online and in health food stores, add chia seeds to your diet today!
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