Top 20 Benefits of Chia Seeds

chia seed benefits

The versatile nature of this ancient crop, health benefits and variety of uses inspired the top 20 benefits of chia seeds list to be created. From omega 3 fatty acids and high protein to being used as a sustainable, allergen free replacement for numerous foods.

Research has just begun to show us the benefits from chia seeds, how they can be used to better our diets and improve our nutrition on a large scale.

  1. Chia seeds are an excellent replacement for foods that need to be gluten free. Many people don’t know that chia can be ground into a fine powder and used to make any recipe a wheat flour could make. Used as an oil, flour, topping and eaten raw they have a variety of uses.
  2. They will soon be a more sustainable alternative for omega 3 fish oil. Chia seeds contain 2.5 grams of naturally occurring omega 3 fatty acids per tablespoon. When combined with DHA and EPA the formula is a more sustainable alternative to the over fishing problems caused by the popularity of fish oils. As western culture consumes more omega 6 fatty acids we require more omega 3 to balance levels out. Read Article »

Chia Seeds in Paleo Diet

chia seeds paleo diet salad

The most simple way to think of the paleo diet is that “if you can kill it or pick it up off the ground and eat it as is”… then it fits in the paleo diet. Basically if it is naturally occurring and in its raw natural state then it meets paleo criteria. Chia seeds sit inside small pods on the chia plant, can be shook off and eaten as they are without any preparation. Most foods contain higher nutrition in their raw form. Read Article »

Chia Plant

chia-plant

The chia plant is actually a herb that is native to South America and the southwestern United States. The scientific name for chia is Salvia Hispanica and it belongs to the same family as mint and to the same genus as the herb sage, it grow wildly in warm climates. If you live in California you have probably walked right by a chia plant and didn’t recognize it. Read Article »

Chia Pudding

One of the best things to make with chia seeds isĀ  chia pudding. Its incredibly easy to make, recipes are very simple and don’t require a lot of ingredients. Many of the most popular puddings can be made with all natural, dairy free substitutes and actually become better health foods when using chia seed in the ingredients. By removing any almond milk or other liquid ingredients they can meet paleo diet qualifications.

Next you’ll find 2 of our favorite pudding recipes and they are really fun to make. You can put your own twists on them by adding your own ingredients and playing around with the flavors. Enjoy. Read Article »

Chia Seeds Recipes

These seeds have been used for thousands of years so there are bound to be a few chia seeds recipes. From beverages to baked goods they have a wide range of benefits and uses. They also have a fairly nutty/neutral taste so they won’t take any flavor away from great tasting foods. They will add protein since nearly 1/4 of the seeds are plant protein. Read Article »