I’m always on the hunt for delicious ways to stay healthy. I like incorporating tasty “super foods” into my diet (I’m obsessed with avocado and sweet potatoes), but one that has eluded me until now has been the chia seed. What could these tiny particles possibly offer as far as nutrition?
To answer the question simply: A LOT. Chia seeds, which take the form of small black and white granules, contain a range of nutrients including calcium (for a healthy heart & bones), omega-3 fats (amazing for your skin and hair), fiber (for a healthy metabolism & digestion), and protein along with other antioxidants. They have the ability to help the body regulate carbs and sugars, which can potentially treat type-2 diabetes, and combat belly fat. Two tablespoons (1 oz) account for one serving of chia seeds… and check out how much this small amount packs:
Total Fat: 9 g (13%)
Saturated Fat: 1 g (4%)
Polyunsaturated fat: 7 g
Monounsaturated fat: .07 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 5 mg
Potassium: 115 mg (3%)
Carbohydrates: 12 g (4%)
Dietary Fiber: 10 g (40%)
Protein: 4.7 g (9%)
There are a ton of different ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet, from adding them to smoothies to stirring them into yogurt. They’re pretty tasteless and crunchy when dry, but turn gelatinous when soaked in liquid. Either way, the texture could take some getting used to. That’s why I take advantage of the benefits with my latest obsession: Chia Water.
Xiomega Chia Water is a tasty, natural beverage that gives you the benefits of chia seeds without the actual seeds. Each bottle contains 320 mg of Omega-3, 40% of the daily value of B complex vitamins, and as much fiber as a small apple– all harnessed from real chia seeds. Not to mention, the flavors are delicious and taste like light, freshly squeezed juices. Mango Passion is definitely my favorite, with the Mixed Berries coming in second. Both are incredibly refreshing, and can also tame a sweet tooth while doling out a ton of healthy goodness. I typically drink them throughout the day for a little boost of energy, or to recharge after working out.
Chia Water has been the only way I’ve worked chia into my diet, which I’m totally fine with. They’re available at Sprout’s, Stater Bros, and Gelson’s Markets. I’ll keep on drinking them until I become brave enough to experiment with the texture of the seeds… and even then, I’ll probably still sip on these regularly.