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Monday, 01/07/13 - Healthy benefits of Chia Seeds....

This Mayan strength seed contains a killer blend of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber, making it an ideal energy booster! It’s also high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which help the body stabilize blood sugar and slow carbohydrate digestion.  Additionally, Chia seeds are a good source of iron, calcium and zinc. These tiny seeds have it all!

Chia seeds are available in most health food stores and online. They may be located in various areas of the store, so check the more affordable bulk section first and ask an employee if you still cannot find them. When kept whole, these little wonders will keep in your pantry for up to 5 years.  AND they are gluten/wheat free!  So another great food we Celiac's can enjoy on our journey to healthier living! 

What experts say about Chia Seeds –

Dr. Oz says,   "They just may be one of the healthiest things around."

Nutrition expert Dr. Andrew Weil said, "A healthful and interesting addition to my diet. My prediction? You will begin to see chia being added to more and more commercial products, such as prepared baby foods, nutrition bars, and baked goods."

Here are some great ways to enjoy chia seeds:

  • They can be eaten raw. (They have a nice "nutty" flavor.)

  • They can be soaked in fruit juice (in Mexico, they call this "chia fresca").  Try them in YOLI Truth, Fun and Passion drinks too!

  • They're perfect in porridges and puddings and protein smoothies.

  • They make an ideal addition to baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.

How Many Chia Seeds Should You Eat? We recommend two daily doses of about 20 g each (1.5 ounces total).

Enjoy the journey!

Sue Seward
Gluten Free Lady

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