The Chia Seed

The Chia Seed: Nutritional Benefits | by Freshly Grown

Chia Seeds! So, what’s all the hype? Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family and are native to Central America. They have been touted as a superfood all the way back to the Mayans and Aztecs. The hype is that for being so tiny, these seeds are packed full of nutrients and energy and can be added to almost anything.

Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and omega-3s, as well as a host of essential minerals used for the body like iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Where can you find these tiny little seeds? Any natural food store will carry them and I  just recently found a bag at Trader Joe’s that happens to be grown in Australia and ‘free from chemical pesticides.’ Nice.

 

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If you already make green smoothies, simply add a tablespoon or two or sprinkle some on your oatmeal. Chia seed pudding is also really popular and so many folks I know say it is absolutely the best (note to self: make this soon). My Whole Food Life created this fantastic chia seed pudding recipe with gorgeous picture to match. Just click on her pic and it will take you right to her site.

My Whole Food Life’s Chia Seed Pudding

So, are you convinced? If so, go grab a bag of chia seeds and see how many ways you can include them in your diet!

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This is what I use:

Organic Chia Seeds

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I'm Rama, pronounced Rayma, cancer survivor turned whole foods advocate. Founder of Freshly Grown. Lover of all things food, the Pacific NW (PDX!), a good documentary, date nights with my hubs, quality time with my Little (soon to be Littles, yikes!), dinner parties and hard workouts. I attend The Wellspring School of Healing Arts for Holistic Nutrition and will soon be certified to support clients through sound nutrition and nourishing food as they deal with daily life, disease and ailments. I dream of owning a farm-to-table cafe one day on beautiful land that I can call my own. I'm big on dreams and going for them with all you've got because you only have one life! Cheers and welcome to Freshly Grown.

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