I’m sure many of you have yet heard about the chia seed. Or if you have heard about chia recently, you’re looking to find more information about it. I was in the same boat. I actually just learned about chia myself. It was at the health and wellness center where I practice yoga and take boot camp classes.
As I finished up a yoga class a few months ago, I was in the mood for a protein shake. I always get protein shakes from the cafe in the wellness center because I know everything they serve is clean and organic.
Well, on that morning the gentleman who made the shakes offered me to try the new endurance shake. He informed me what was in it and everything sounded good so I was all for it. As he was making the shake, I saw him put in a spoonful of seeds that looked more like jelly than seeds. I asked him what they were and he said they were chia seeds that were soaked in water to form a jelly.
That sparked my curiosity and I had to know more.
He continued to tell me that the chia seed comes from a plant in southern Mexico called the Salvia Hispanica. Here is a list of benefits from these under-rated seeds.
Energy- Because of its unique blend of protein, essential fats, fiber, complex carbohydrates and antioxidants, chia seeds offer a heck of a power packed combo.
Improves Blood Sugar Levers- Chia seeds play a large part in supporting conditions such as diabetes and hypoglycemia.
High in Protein- Chia seeds have 100% more protein than bran flakes. This will help build muscle as well as help your muscles recover after workouts.
Improves Mental Focus- With the amount of essential fatty acids, chia can significantly boost your brain power. It also plays a part in bettering your mood.
The reason the man at the cafe kept the chia seeds soaking before he used them is because that’s the part that is responsible for helping you lose weight as well.
Chia Seeds and Weight Loss
When you put chia seeds in water for about 30 minutes, they start to soak up the water and make a gel form. Once these seeds turn into little gellies, they will take up more room. This explains why when you eat chia seeds, it keeps you full longer. Once you’ve digested them, they will expand in your stomach ever so slightly and make you feel fuller than you really are.
And since chia seeds have zero calories, you’re getting more full with less calories!
Ever since I had that smoothie with chia seeds and I was enlightened about all of there amazing benefits, I’ve put them in every smoothie. I bought a pack to keep at home so that I can add them to my family’s meals. All you need is one tables spoonful to increase the nutritional value of the meal, yet you won’t taste a difference at all.