Friday, September 6, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-chia Seeds!

Don't mind my Spiderman glass. Have you heard of these little guys? If you haven't, listen up!

  1. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber. The ADA recommends 20-35g of fiber/day, but the average American only gets 12-15g! A single serving of chia seeds (1 tbsp) provides 42% of your daily fiber intake. If you count your macros, adding chia seeds is a great way to make sure you're hitting them!
  2. Chia seeds can also make you feel fuller faster, because although they're little seeds, they absorb up to 10x their weight in water and expand. I love sprinkling chia seeds on meal replacement smoothies or yogurt to make meals on the go more satisfying. Feeling fuller faster for longer = eating less & no impulse snacking!
  3. Chia seeds have a TON of omega-3 fatty acids - they're the most concentrated plant source you can consume. Chia seeds have even more omega-3s than salmon, ounce for ounce! Omega-3's protect against arthritis and heart disease, help cell regeneration, and contribute to having healthy hair, skin and nails.
You can find them on the shelf at your local grocery store, or you can buy them (cheaper) online!

Banana Peanut Butter Post-Workout Shake with Chia Seeds:
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp PB2
  • handful ice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  1. Blend everything but the chia seeds
  2. Pour into a glass and sprinkle chia seeds on top
  3. Delicious! Tastes like dessert. 

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