Nutrition

The Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

They may be small, but they’re mighty! Looking for that extra punch in your life (non-contact of course)? Look no further, Chia seeds are packed with health benefits which will supercharge your diet! Simply add them to your favourite snacks, meals and smoothies.

You may well be thinking – where do they even come from? The answer: the flowering Salvi hispanica plant. This wonder plant creates black and white seeds with a subtle nutty flavour, originally from Mexico and Guatemala. The name “Chia” derives from the Mayan word for strength – Aztec cultures believed that the super-seeds have the strength and stamina although their nutritional qualities have extended over the years.

chia seed pudding

Are you vegan or vegetarian? If so, add Chia seeds to your shopping list! Not only are they perfect for a plant-based diet, they’re gluten-free too – ideal for those who are coeliac. One of the best-known sources of omega-3 fats, Chia seeds are essential for those opting for a healthy heart.

Hang on, there’s more! Chia seeds are also an excellent source of protein, essential for maintenance and repair of the working muscles. Due to their neutral flavour, Chia seeds can be added to pretty much any meal, including smoothies. If you fancy giving chia seeds a try, you’ll be pleased to know they’re great for the digestive system – helping you banish the bloat in no time. Although there have been limited studies, research has found that the phosphorous packed seeds help maintain normal blood pressure – which is something you might want to bear in mind.

healthy ginger bread chia seed recipe

Supercharge your diet with Chia seeds. Check out our suggestions below and let us know how you get on, simply take a pic, share it on social media and don’t forget that all-important hashtag (#myprotein).

✓ Sprinkle dry chia seeds on your salad

✓ Mix chia seeds into your yoghurt

✓ Add to breadcrumbs for extra texture

✓ Add to your overnight oats

✓ Blend into your smoothies

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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