Looking for a new topping for your smoothie bowl or salad? Chia seeds can do wonderful things for our body — they are loaded with fiber, omega-3s, antioxidants, plant-based protein, magnesium, ++ potassium! Whether you add them to your energy bites or morning oats, here are some reasons why chia seeds can be a healthy addition to any diet —
1] INFLAMMATION REDUCTION
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids + other antioxidants that can reduce bad inflammation in the body. It is important to recognize that inflammation in the body can be good or bad — acute inflammation is our bodies’ response to harmful stimuli in the environment + the beginning of the healing process, which is good! However, chronic inflammation occurs when this process goes wrong + our immune system begins to attack itself [yikes!]. Chronic inflammation can manifest itself as feelings of depression, stomach pain, + sleepiness. A diet rich in chia seeds can fortunately reduce the risk of chronic inflammation + maybe even help get your energy back! : )
2] BETTER DIGESTION
Chia seeds are extremely rich in fiber + can be very beneficial to our digestive tract. Fiber is great for helping maintain normal blood sugar levels + even produces organic acids that helps to maintain the lining of the intestinal tract. Fiber also allows for improved regularity + healthy BMs for digestive health. Since our gut is the part of the body responsible for absorbing our nutrients, its very important we care for it + keep it healthy so we can get the most out of our fuel + stay on our *A game* all day!
3] IMPROVED HEART HEALTH
In addition to lowering cholesterol, triglyceride levels, ++ high blood pressure, chia seeds also contain vitamins C + E, ++ minerals like zinc + magnesium to promote a healthy heart. Our heart is the center of us all [physically + mentally!] + allows us to do what we love everyday. By choosing nutrients to take care of our hearts, we are really choosing nutrients to take care of our entire body!
4] MOOD ELEVATION
Chia seeds contain high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan that can boost serotonin levels [the *happy hormone*] in our bodies. The use of tryptophan to increase serotonin levels has been found to reduce depression, anxiety, ADHD, + boost memory!
HOW TO USE
Chia seeds can be an easy + delicious addition to almost any meal, especially breakfast! Add these super seeds to your collection of smoothie bowl garnishes to sprinkle on top, or blend it in with your fruit // veggies. If you love toast in the morning, try topping it with a bit of almond butter, banana slices, ++ chia seeds. Chia seeds can also be easily added to your overnight oats –– simply add a tablespoon to your mix prior to soaking over night. For the CHAARGie looking for a unique way to enjoy chia seeds, try making this apple cider vinegar elixir by mixing together chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ++ warm water to kick start your morning. : )
Chia seeds can be a great addition to your diet this summer! Be sure to add this superfood to your shopping list + try them in a new recipe to experience all the amazing health benefits. : ) What is your fav way to eat chia seeds? Be sure to show us your chia seed creations by tagging us @CHAARG on Instagram or letting us know in the comments below!
++ Allison Tapocsi [@allison_inchaarg] // Kent State CHAARG