The Power of Chia!

I have mentioned chia seeds multiple times on Beautifully Gray, and I realized that I have never talked about what they are! So today, I want to talk about chia seeds and why I love them.

These awesome little seeds come from a desert plant called the Salvia hispanics. They originated in Central America and were consumed regularly by the Aztecs. (source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

We continue to eat them today because of their great health benefits! The major benefits include:

  • Rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (a healthy, unsaturated fat)
  • 5 grams of fiber per Tablespoon
  • 3 grams of protein per Tablespoon
  • Minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium

Chia seeds can be eaten raw or used in baked goods. The seeds are super absorbent, so they swell if soaked in a liquid (like in overnight oats). Some ways to eat chia seeds are in:

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Salads
  • Homemade granola
  • Egg substitute in baked goods

Please be sure to eat chia seeds mixed in with other foods or sprinkled over top of a dish! Eating raw chia seeds alone are difficult to swallow since they grow so much in size.

If you still need a little inspiration, check out my Perfect Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (just add one Tablespoon of chia seeds to the original recipe) or my Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

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What’s your favorite way to eat chia seeds?