Chia seeds: Why are they good for you and how to use them?
Chia seeds contain an amino acid called tryptophan which then produces serotonin and melatonin. These hormones help your body and mind relax allowing you to have a more restful sleep experience.
They also contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which improve brain function, eye health, bone & joint health, improve sleep, hydrate the skin and reduce risk of heart disease and depression.
Now let’s talk about high soluble fiber. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10–12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like because of their soluble fiber content. The seeds absorb water to form a gel which softens and moistens stool making it easier for passage and elimination.
These fibers can help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and makes you feel fuller longer.
Dry chia seeds can be sprinkled on top of salads, yogurt, added to baked goods or added to smoothies and juices. You can also make chia seed water by adding the seeds to your water bottle. Overnight oats or chia pudding is a delicious way to incorporate these healthy seeds to your meals.
You can add chia seeds to your smoothie and blend them with the other ingredients which results in a thicker smoothie. Or you can add the seeds after blending creating a crunchy texture.
It takes about 15-20 minutes for the chia seeds to expand. When I make chia pudding I usually make it earlier in the day allowing the seeds to fully expand and I’ll eat the pudding later in the evening. But you can eat it at any time during the day.
Here’s a recipe I love and use for chia pudding. It makes about 2 servings. You can enjoy the full amount but it’s usually a bit too much for me to have all at once.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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