What is the hype with Chia seeds and why do health nuts have them in their kitchen? To start, they are loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. A tablespoon of Chia seeds is about 70 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of unsaturated fat and 5 grams of fiber, while also containing zinc, copper, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, a rarity is that they contain all 9 f the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. This makes them a super food.
If that isn't enough for you, the high protein and fiber content may actually aid in you dropping pounds. Soluble fiber actually expands when it absorbs water, therefor expanding in your stomach resulting in satiety, (fullness). The protein may help will suppression in appetite as well. They stablize blood sugar, improve digestion and anemia.
This is probably the easiest food to incorporate daily into your diet. You can sprinkle them on anything, add them to yogurt, smoothies, on top of salads, I even mix them in my protein pancake batter and I feel fuller with them.
Here's a really good, clean recipe for those who want to try out chia mixed into something other than a liquid.
Banana Chia Bread Recipe
1 ½ cup almond flour (or regular)
2 tsps. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 tbsps. whipped ghee butter, softened
½ cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 large bananas (smashed)
½ cup almond milk
Recipe Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a medium loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl mix butter, egg, banana and sugar. In a medium bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and mix until combine.
Slowly add flour mixture and milk to wet ingredients, alternating until incorporated. Fold in chia seeds. Place batter in loaf pan and place in the oven for 60 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.