Chia seeds – they’ve become something of a cliche in the nutrition world, you see a lot of people labelling them as “hipster” food and passing them off as nothing more than a trend. Ignoring that bias, however, you’ll find that a lot of other people claim chia seeds to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
I first became interested in chia seeds when I saw somebody mention them in a YouTube video. From that, I did a bit of research – I was on the hunt for something that was versatile enough so I could throw it in a smoothie and not really notice it’s presence – but was still able to give me some great nutrition.
The seeds are tiny and recommended to be taken once or twice a day in a serving the size of a tablespoon. This is because when the seeds break down in your stomach, they become a gel-like substance (which is useful for those looking to lose weight as they make you feel fuller for longer). The problem, however, is if you take too many of them, the gel substance they become can irritate and bloat you. So stick to the recommended serving for this powerful product!
CHIA SEEDS NUTRITIONAL INFO
Per daily serving:
11 grams of Fibre
4 grams of Protein
9 grams of Fat (5 grams are Omega-3s, otherwise known as healthy fats)
18% of the RDA of Calcium
30% of the RDA of Magnesium
27% of the RDA of Phosphorus
and all in 137 calories!
As I mentioned earlier, one of the best things about chia seeds is their versatility. They’re practically tasteless, so you don’t have to worry about merging different flavours if you’re adding them to a yoghurt/smoothie/salad. In my opinion, they’re so much more than the hipster fad they’re made out to be – and can be an incredible addition to your diet if you’re looking for an extra push of protein, fibre or healthy fats.
For more health benefits of these fantastic seeds, be sure to check out this article!
Do you like chia seeds? Or are there any other “fad-y” foods that you’ve fallen in or out of love with? I’d love to know! Make sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
I hope you have a lovely day,
Interested in what I’m making in this post? The photos are from my breakfast smoothie recipe, which you can check out here!