Chia seeds are packed with nutrients. They contain Omega-3 fats that support healthy skin + hair, calcium for strong bones, potassium for nerve + muscle function, B vitamins for a healthy metabolism, fiber, + protein for those #gainz. The cool thing about chia seeds is that they absorb liquids to create a gel like consistency, which makes them a great substitute for eggs + other thickeners in a variety of recipes. It also makes a really great overnight pudding for breakfast [have you tried our Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding? : )]
In just 2 ounces [with only 101 calories] you can get ALL of these nutrients:
- Fiber — 11 grams
- Protein — 4 grams
- Fat — 9 grams [5 of which are Omega-3s]
- Calcium — 18% of the RDA
- Manganese — 30% of the RDA
- Magnesium — 30% of the RDA
- Phosphorus — 27% of the RDA
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 [Niacin], Potassium, Vitamin B1 [Thiamine] + Vitamin B2.
Here’s a great article with other benefits of chia seeds!
The health world has exploded recently with new chia recipes + products, including juices that can cost you $5.00 or more. That’s a little pricey — especially for a college girl or post grad on a budget. But you can still get these great benefits by making your own chia drink at home! You can mix + match your favorite juices to make this drink your own. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Juice [or try a mixture of all your favs!]
All you need to do is mix the chia seeds with 1 cup of water + let refrigerate a few hours or overnight [until all water is absorbed]. In the morning, mix the gel with 1 cup of your favorite juice. This recipe will make 2 servings — so you can share with a fellow CHAARG girl! ; )
This is my fav chia juice to make. This particular blend has a slight bite from the vinegar [similar to kombucha] — it’s definitely a health drink! If you despise the taste of apple cider vinegar, you may want to play with the proportions. More cherry juice, water, or added sweetener will help dilute the taste.
¼ cup Pure Cranberry Juice
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp Carrot Juice [optional for added vitamins]
¼ – ⅔ cup Black Cherry Juice
¼ – ½ cup Water
[Make sure to add carrot juice last, or it could curdle!]
You could even try to make a chia juice with our CHAARG Glowing Green Juice! I like to use a couple of different juices for more vitamins [+ it’s even better to juice your own fruits + veggies!]. If you find a great blend – let us know!
+ Alexa, RD [@lexx_inCHAARG], VirtCHAARG Girl from Cincy