All About Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are a whole, natural, raw food that contains the highest and safest plant-based combination of these five nutritional categories: Omega-3s; Fiber; Protein; Antioxidants; and Phytonutrients. In addition, raw chia seeds are non-GMO, gluten-free, trans-fat free, and sugar free. Chia seeds have no taste or smell and can be deliciously combined with many other foods. Its nutritional value is undiminished by heat in the baking process, making it easy to incorporate into your favorite recipes.
Used by the Aztec warriors of old, it is a rediscovered “superfood!”
The Aztecs believed that the chia seed provided supernatural powers. In Mayan, “chia” means “strength.” Ancient warriors attributed their stamina to this tiny seed. This still holds true for certain groups of people today. For example, the Mexican Tarahumara tribe is known for their runners. These runners drink a mixture of chia seeds, lemon, and water called Iskiate. After drinking this, they are said to be able to run hundreds of miles. Maybe modern athletes should pay attention.
A technique called “micro-slicing,” or “milling,” that cuts the chia seeds into small pieces, maximizes their surface area providing you the highest nutrient absorption possible. What kind of nutrient content are we talking about in chia seeds?
THE SUPER-FOOD QUALITIES GRAM PER GRAM
8x more Omega-3 than wild salmon
2x more Potassium than bananas
15x more Magnesium than broccoli
2x more Fiber than bran flakes
5x more Protein than kidney beans
4x more Selenium than flax seed
6x more Calcium than milk
9x more Phosphorus than whole milk
3x more Iron than spinach
More Antioxidants than blueberries
THESE NUTRIENTS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO HAVE POSITIVE IMPACTS ON:
Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Blood Sugar levels
Endurance and muscle repair
Menopause and Hormonal Imbalances
Omega-3s are essential for life, and chia seeds are the highest plant source of this essential fatty acid. Not only are they necessary for heart and cholesterol health, but Omega-3s also help to reduce inflammation, such as arthritis. Two tablespoons of chia seed per day provides 3,000 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids!
Antioxidants protect your cells by fighting free radicals and combating oxidative stress. People with unhealthy cells have less energy, age quicker, and suffer illness. You need antioxidants to help prevent free-radical cell damage in your body, and chia seeds are packed with them!
Protein is vital for health and wellness, and your cells need protein to build and repair themselves. Chia seeds are a superior source of plant-based protein!
Fiber is important for proper digestion, elimination, and nutrient absorption. A number of studies have found that a high fiber intake contributes to a healthy heart and circulatory system. High fiber diets may also modulate blood sugar levels. Chia seeds are high in fiber!
Phytonutrients are healthy chemical compounds found naturally in plants. They work to strengthen your immune system and help reduce inflammation.
How to Take Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are very absorbent and can hold a 9:1 water ratio. It is beneficial and more hydrating for your body to consume pre-soaked seeds, but is not necessary. We prefer to get a large glass of water, add a tablespoon of chia seed, stir it up, or shake it up in a closed bottle, then drink it down. Chia seed is basically tasteless, filling, and is easy to consume. As it is tasteless, it can also be added to your favorite foods if you prefer to take it another way.
Recommended Daily Serving:
Adults: up to 2 TBS Children: up to 1 TBS Babies: up to 1/2 TBS
You can also start at a lower daily amount, then increase over a week or two to be sure the body adjusts to the increased nutrients and fiber.
Drink: Stir into your beverage of choice. Apple, Orange, Pomegranate Juice, and just plain water are good.
Blend: Blend into yogurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese, etc.
Smoothies: Mix directly into your smoothie and blend away. Chia will thicken the smoothie over time as it absorbs the water content, so if you prefer a thinner texture, drink more quickly.
Bake: Mix into pancakes, muffins, bread, or cake mix.
Toss: Toss into your salad or pasta.
Ideas for Smoothies:
1 cup orange juice, 1 cup vanilla kefir, 1 frozen banana, and chia seeds
1 cup almond milk, handful of strawberries, piece of banana, protein powder, and chia seeds
1 cup fresh pressed apple juice, 1 cup water, 2 cups spinach, 1 frozen banana, chia seeds
1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 fresh banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen acai smoothie pack, chia seeds
For your pets, if not a lot of water is added to the chia seeds, it will thicken into a gel like consistency. Just put the chia seed on a small plate and add in a little water before you use it with your pet. You can get a slice of turkey and put the gel mixture on it. Roll up the mixture in the slice of turkey and cut it up into bite sized sections. You have a sushi type of food that you can give to your pet. Dogs love chia turkey sushi and it will definitely enhance their health! You can also add the chia seed consistency gel to your cat’s canned food to help them as well. Just mix it in!
Vets who use chia seeds recommend that animals that weigh 10 – 20 lbs receive 1 – 2 teaspoons/day. If they are larger than 60 lbs, they recommend 3 teaspoons/day. For smaller pets, under 10 lbs, a good daily dosage is 3/4 teaspoon. You should start with half the amount for a couple days, and then move to the full amount.
For you or your pet, just be sure to drink a lot of water when consuming chia seeds. It is best to hydrate them before consuming them and this is especially important if giving them to your pets as they may not get enough water otherwise.
Where can you get chia seeds?
Chia seeds are available in your health food stores, some grocery stores, via expensive MLMs, and from online sources. Our preferred chia product that we use is “Chia Bia,” and is available for purchase online at AZChia. It is a “milled” chia product and is very high quality. There is really no difference between it and the very expensive MLM versions of chia seed on the market. We use it daily and also give it to our pets. We all love it!! Get yours today!!
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