Chia An Ancient Seed Has Risen From The Dead!

 

chia seedsDating back to 3500 BC, chia seeds have been a diet staple for centuries. The Aztecs and Mayans loved these seeds for one simple reason: it was believed they improved stamina and energy, two necessary components of life then and now. Fast forward to the Spanish conquest of Latin America, and chia seeds were prohibited as a Spanish diet was forced upon the native people.

 

Now, when most of us are feeling forced to subsist on a Western diet of fat, salt, sugar and processed food, we’re rewriting history. Chia seeds a healthy superfood are now a staple for many people that want optimal health, except this time we know a lot more about their super powers. If you haven’t yet sprinkled these seeds into your everyday diet, now’s the time to start.

Here’s why.

Healthy Reasons to Chomp on Chia:

The Mayans and Aztecs were onto something when they realized that chia seeds increased both stamina and energy. Thanks to modern health science we know exactly why that is. Just two tablespoons contain 18% of your calcium DRI (daily recommended intake), 35% of your phosphorus DRI, 24% of your magnesium DRI and 50% of your manganese DRI. This healthy concoction of necessary minerals equals more energy and a faster metabolism.

As if that wasn’t enough, the benefits don’t stop there.

  • ·       Chia seeds are gluten free.
  • ·       When mixed with liquid these seeds enlarge, forming a gel-like coating around the outside. Vegans, and those watching their cholesterol, can use these to replace eggs. (See the recipe below.)
  • ·       With chia seeds you eat less and feel just as full because they absorb up to 12 times their own weight when mixed with food or liquid, according to Dr. Oz.
  • ·       They’re ideal for diabetics. Experts at FitDay.com said that when chia seeds are ingested they form lining in your stomach, which helps to slow the digestion of sugar into the blood stream.
  • ·       Chia seeds provide 11 grams of fiber per ounce—this is a third of your RDI. Fiber helps regulate your digestive system, lower your LDL, and keeps blood sugar levels steady.
  • ·       With all 8 essential amino acids, this is one of the few complete proteins that are meat free. With just 1 ounce of chia seeds you get close to 5 grams of protein.

How to Incorporate Chia into Your Diet:

The benefits are clear, but perhaps the methods for eating chia seeds are not. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate these ancient seeds into your diet.

Oatmeal: Sprinkle two tablespoons into your oatmeal.

Egg replacement: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds, or chia seed meal, with 3 tablespoons of water. Let this sit for 15 minutes and use it to replace one egg in baked goods.

Smoothies: Pour 1 to 3 tablespoons of chia seeds in your smoothie as a protein supplement.

Chia Seed Pudding:

Mix 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Let this sit for 15 minutes.

Add flavoring, such as maple syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, or whole fruit—raspberries, blueberries or strawberries—for a delicious and healthy dessert.

The power of chia seeds has long been known; despite the Spanish conquerors’ attempts to erase this ancient seed from the diets of Latin American people, we‘re still benefiting from them today. Whether you need more protein, want to improve your digestion or plan to raise your healthy cholesterol levels, chia seeds are your ticket to better health.

 

This article was provided byAuthor Barton Publishing.  joe-barton-175x140-1 (2) Joe is the founder of Barton Publishing, Inc., a leading natural health company specializing in publishing cutting edge reports that show people how to cure and treat themselves using safe, natural, and proven remedies. He is also a contributing writer, helping thousands of people who suffer from acid reflux, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, and 20+ other disease and ailments enjoy healthier lives.
 

 

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38 thoughts on “Chia An Ancient Seed Has Risen From The Dead!”

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  3. Betty Taylor

    I have recently found out that I love Chia tea. Now I wonder if the seeds taste similarly. I am going to try them. I saw them at the Home Goods store the other day.

    1. I have never tried Chia tea so I can not tell if they taste similar. I do know that I like chia seeds – they are great to use as a egg substitute in recipes, and are filled with so much nutrition value. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a wonderful healthy day.

  4. Great info. I had no idea they were so wonderful. I only thing of them and the chia pets….isn’t that sad? My Dad is borderline diabetic. I will be telling him about them. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

    ~Ann

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting on my article. I love chia seeds and find to be a great source of protein and great in many dishes. Have a wonderful healthy day. Marla

  5. I am going to have to try using these. I can use all the energy I can get! Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 3 You!

    1. Hi Sandra, I love chia seeds and use them often. Glad to be part of The 4 Seasons Blog Hop. Have a wonderful healthy day! Marla

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  7. Hi Marla,
    Nowadays I rarely make a smoothie without adding a couple of scoops of nutrient-rich chia seeds. The fact that they are gluten-free is also a plus! Thank you so much for sharing the benefits of this ‘super’ seed with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop!
    I sincerely appreciate it!
    All the best, Deb

    1. Hi Deb, Smoothies are great way to get protein and your needed nutrients in to stay healthy! Glad to be part of Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop! Marla

  8. Diatta Harris

    I so enjoy chia seeds in my smoothies!!! My husband can’t tell the difference because he is finicky when it comes to textures. They blend RIGHT IN which I LOVE!!!! Thanks for sharing the benefits and stopping by WOW Link Up.

    1. Hi Diatta, I also love chia seeds and they do blend in very nicely, but I also like to make pudding with them. Have a healthy wonderful day! Marla

  9. Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante

    I hate to admit it, but I’ve never heard of chia before. Definitely giving it a try! Found you from Workout Wednesday! 🙂

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante

    1. Hi Stephanie, I had never heard of them either until about 5 years ago and I learned to love them. thanks for reading my article and commenting. Marla

  10. I’m a personal trainer who hasn’t tried chia seeds myself just yet (I know, I know!) However, I’m definitely going to change that the next chance I get. I didn’t realize that they could be used as a egg substitute. How interesting! Great article!

    1. Hi Catherine, Definitely try them – I really believe your love them. So many health benefits. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a wonderful healthy day! Marla

    1. I have never tried almond milk since I can’t eat almonds, but I have tried it with coconut milk and several other liquids and it worked great. Try it and see but I really do think it should work well for you. Thanks for reading my article and your commenting. Have a wonderful healthy day! Marla

  11. I’m stopping by from the Workout Wednesday link up. I love chia seeds! My favorite ways to eat them are probably in overnight oats (because they absorb so much liquid and get all gel-like) and in cookies 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda for visiting my site. I love chia seeds with coconut milk or water, but in oat meal sounds great too. Have a wonderful healthy day. Marla

    1. Hi Cassi, Thanks for reading my article and replacing chia with eggs can work quite well in many recipes. Have a wonderful healthy day! Marla

  12. Thanks for sharing this for MMM link up this week! I love chia seeds and I try to put them in whatever I can. I did not know you could use them for a egg replacer! That is great!! I am sharing this tomorrow on the adventures in Mindful Livings FB page!

    1. Glad to be part of the MMM link up Amber. Thanks for sharing this on your FB page – I appreciate it. Have a wonderful healthy day!

  13. I’m so glad I found this post. I never really knew how to use chia seeds besides putting them in smoothies. Thanks for sharing it.

    Kim ~ This Ole Mom

    1. Hi Kim, So glad to help! Chia seeds are such a wonderful food that we can use in so many ways. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a healthy wonderful day!

  14. I have just rediscovered chia seeds. I have had them in my freezer for months going unused. I like to mix them in fresh squeezed OJ, add a bit of cream or coconut milk and let sit overnight. Makes an instant smoothie that is so refreshing. But ditto to the mild laxative theory….
    Thanks for sharing at Real Food Friday.

    1. Yes chia seeds will not go rancid – they actually use them in the desert to survive. That sounds like a delicious smoothie. I used them to make pudding with just coconut milk & water and sit overnight. Its really delicious. Thank for commenting and sharing. Have a wonderful healthy day!

  15. I know chia seeds are good for you, and just started adding them to different dishes the last two days. One day to soup, another on a sandwich. The recipe you share is different from the one I made with almond milk, and easier. When starting be careful it is a mild laxative, found that out the hard way, sharing.

  16. Basil Okorafor

    Thank you for posting this fine content on “CHIA” for us to digest. Having gone through the content of the article, am interested on how and where to buy this product since it is not available in Africa, Nigeria, to be precise.
    Would be happy to incorporate this ancient seed into my daily meal. Would appreciate any assistance in this regard. You can contact me on my email : bobbyokorafor@gmail.com
    Regards.

    Basil

    1. Hi Basil,
      I’m not sure in Africa or Nigeria where you could get them, but in the US they are available many places in health food stores on Amazon and are sold by many companies. I suggest you do an internet search and see if you can find them in your local area. Good luck and have a healthy wonderful day.

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