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Baby Kale Health

Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!

I can’t help but sing this song every time I talk about these tiny little seeds that made their debut by growing hair on a terracotta head! Through the years, they have become quite the talk of the town in the superfood world, and rightfully so. They are a great nutrient rich powerhouse to add to your diet.

In addition to tons of Omega 3 Fatty Acids for brain and heart health, chia seeds offer many health benefits, including:

- Great source of vegan protein – they are a complete protein, which means they have all the essential amino acids

- Good for digestion as its a source of magnesium, phosphorous and fiber

- Tons of fiber (we all know why that’s good!)

- Massive amounts of nutrients (27+ vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids) with very few calories

- Loaded with antioxidants to get rid of all the toxins

- Lowers the risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes because it improves blood markers

- High in bone nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and protein

 

Great, How Do I Eat Them?

You can sprinkle them in smoothies, on salads or sandwiches, on top of cereal or yogurt, and even bake with them. My favorite way to eat them is to soak them overnight and make a drink with them or a pudding for breakfast or dessert!

Here’s how I make a chia drink:

Soak 3 T. Chia Seeds in 1 cup water for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Pour the chia “gel” into a glass, then add whatever kind of juice you want (try to use 100% juice). Try a mixture of ½ gel and ½ juice. Stir, and drink up for a fun and energizing afternoon pick-me-up!


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