HUMP DAY HEALTHY EATS; CHIA SEEDS, THE SUPER FOOD

 

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  Chia Seeds are a super food.  They deliver a maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.  They are high in fiber, calcium, omega-3, antioxidants and protein.  Chia Seeds have been found to reduce food cravings by preventing some the food you eat from being absorbed into your system.  Chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.  Not only does this make you feel full longer, this chia gel also works to hydrate your body.  

There is evidence that shows they reduce blood pressure and are a heart healthy food due to the large amount of Omega-3 they contain (more than salmon!).  Omega-3 also fights against inflammation causing arthritis pain.  Due to the fact that chia seeds slow down the break down of carbohydrates into simple sugars, they work to control your blood sugar, which is fantastic for all sorts of reasons (diabetes, energy crashes, cravings, etc.).    

As an added bonus chia seeds can be added to anything.  Unlike flax seed, they do not need to be ground up nor do they leave a fishy taste in your mouth.  Try adding them to cereal, yogurt, eggs, pasta dishes, salad, anything and everything.  I personally like to sprinkle them in my egg whites in the morning.  To get you started here are two recipes that are great tasting healthy options that also use chia seeds to enhance the nutritional benefit.  

Pumpkin Energy Bites

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  8 oz chopped dates
¼ cup honey
¼ cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1 cut toasted pumpkin seeds  

Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth and combined.     Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds until evenly combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once the mixture is cool and easier to work with, use a spoon to shape it into your desired size of energy balls.  You can also line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.   Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.      

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
 

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2 cups milk
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup blueberries
½ cup raspberries
½ cup blackberries
2 Tbsp cocoa powder  

Mix everything together in one big bowl.  Stir well and stick in the fridge to set for at least a few hours.  If you like thicker pudding, you can add a bit less milk.

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5 thoughts on “HUMP DAY HEALTHY EATS; CHIA SEEDS, THE SUPER FOOD

  1. Omg! Those bites sound delicious! I might have to try them. I’m not a huge fan of dates, but I’ll try them in there first. My mom has a similar recipe like this, but it involves peanut butter & chocolte chips lmao >. < I also never heard of chia seed… I must investigate!

    • These are delicious! you won’t be disappointed.
      Chia can be found in whole food markets, trader joes, natural/organic stores. Since they have no taste they can be added to anything. You add a ton of nutritional value with little calories. They will give you sustainable energy. One tip: add them to your diet slowly as they do have a good amount of fiber. Enjoy!

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