There are a handful of foods and spices that I consider staples in my diet. They support my health and nutritional goals and keep me looking and feeling great. One food that I have loved from the first time that I tried it was chia seeds. These little tiny seeds deliver many health and beauty benefits, so I am often surprised how few people actually eat them on a regular basis.
Native to Mexico, chia seeds was commonly eaten by the Aztecs and the Mayans to help support them through long journeys and during battles. This tiny little seed is a food powerhouse that provides many vitamins and minerals along with energy, which is much needed to power through long and challenging days. Here are my top four favourite reasons why you should regularly include chia seeds in your diet:
- It’s no secret that I love foods that help me to look good and chia seeds is one of my beautifying favourites. Chia seeds are incredibly high in antioxidants which helps to repair free radical damage from the inside out along with helping to prevent premature aging of the skin.
- Bowel movements are not the pleasant topics to discuss but let’s face it – it is important and completely necessary to good health. Chia seeds are high in dietary fibre (2 tbsp = 11g of fibre), which helps to promote regularity and a healthy stool.
- Chia seeds help to support dietary and weight loss goals as they are filling without a lot of calories. This will keep you from overindulging later on and avoid any post binge guilt that you may feel.
- Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3 which helps to tame any inflammation that you may have in your body. The western diet is filled with many pro-inflammatory so any food that can help to combat this is something that you want to include in your diet.
Please note that chia seeds should not be consumed dry as it can be hazardous and potentially cause choking. When mixed with a liquid it expands and becomes a gel similar to tapioca. It makes a great binder as a replacement for eggs in baking and it is a wonderful addition to smoothies. For a refreshing energy boost I like to stir a tablespoon of chia seeds into a glass of coconut water and drink it (once the seeds have gelled).
What is your favourite way to include chia seeds in your diet?
I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS