Health is important and should be the first focus area for all of us.
“This is the only body our soul can live in”
But I would like you to ponder upon, what are first impressions which comes to your mind when you think of the word healthy food?
Generally people think healthy food is one which can help in #weightloss #highprotein #lowcarbdiet.
But that does not holds true for our body. The body requires all the nutrients in the right proportion to stay healthy with optimum physical activity.
Today I would like to share my latest breakfast friend in the kitchen “CHIA SEEDS”.
These seeds are nutrient-dense and packs a punch of energy-boosting power. Originally grown in Mexico, these seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency.
The reason chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fibre, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including Sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.
Top 9 Benefits of chia seed:
- Weight loss
- Skin and Aging-Antioxidants in chia seed speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage. Taking chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation and free radical change
- Healthy bowel– Due to high dietary fiber, chia seeds benefits bowel regularity and healthy stool.
- Healthy heart – Regulates cholesterol and maintains blood pressure
- Boost the energy and metabolism
- Help treat diabetes
- Fight breast cancer and cervical cancer
- Healthy teeth
- Helps during pregnancy – these seeds are a great source of OMEGA 3 fatty acids which are essential for baby’s brain development. So all those ladies who avoid fish can rely on these seeds for their nutritional replenishment.
How you can use chia seeds for weight loss?
Chia seeds create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach. This slows digestion and keeps blood sugar level stable.
They’re also high in dietary fiber so act as a good energy boost throughout the day.
My chia seed recipes
- Breakfast smoothie
- Soak the seeds in milk or water (1/4 cup seeds to 1 cup liquid) until they take on a chewy texture for about 20 minutes. Soaked chia seeds can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, so you can make a big batch at the start of the week.
- Stir a couple of spoonful of soaked chia seeds into a smoothie or oatmeal, mix 1/2 cup soaked seeds with 2 tablespoons milk; top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.
2. Chia seed salad
Just sprinkle raw (unsoaked) chia seeds on your fruit or vegetable salad as a dressing .
3. Instant smoothie
If you do not have time to soak the chia seeds then you can just toss them in any smoothie mix.
They’re sure to give you an instant energy boost with a nutty flavor.
Hope you like healthy story of chia seed.
Do share your experiences in the comments section below and let me know if you would like me to talk about any of other healthy foods.