Thursday, 9 August 2012

Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

I know what you are thinking. Courts why are you talking about this weird house plant from the yester years. Well I’m not. I want to talk specifically about the seeds.

These little health miracles are considered to be one of the newest miracle foods. I’ve read quite a bit on them and I’m going to have to agree with the claim. I bought some on the weekend from The Bulk Barn, but you can buy them on line here. I’ve been adding a tbsp to my yogurt and fruit combo. These things are so awesome!

First of all, they taste like nothing. Perfect. They also, don’t stay in a crunchy seed form once they are mixed with anything that has moisture. They swell up and become chewy. They hold a lot of water, so it makes you feel full!

Here are a few reasons Chia seeds are Fabulous:

1. Lose Weight
The tiny, healthy seeds can be made to taste like whatever you want, and their unique gelling action keeps you feeling full for hours.
2. Balance Blood Sugar
Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to ‘slumps’ in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day.
3 Omega 3    
Chia is the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. By weight, chia contains more omega 3 than salmon, and it still tastes like whatever you want! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health. It’s also recently been targeted as a weight-loss helper. USA Weekend magazine also reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3s in their eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group, who did not.
4 Feel more energized
 Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.
5. Age defying anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.

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