8/25/17 — chia seeds

Stress-Fighter:

Chia Seeds

 

Fun Fact:  The antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any other whole food.

Fun Fact II:  “Chia” means strength.

Fun Fact III:  Chia seeds come from a desert plant in Mexico.  The Aztecs and Mayans ate the seeds.

 

What They Contain:

  • magnesium
    • helps you manage stress
    • fights off depression
    • helps your metabolism
    • aids muscle function
    • aids nerve function
  • omega-3s
    • heart health
    • brain health
    • reduce stress
    • reduce anxiety
  • fiber
    • lowers risk of constipation
    • lowers risk of high cholesterol
    • lowers risk of heart disease
    • lowers risk of obesity
    • helps control blood sugar levels
    • decreases in apetite
  • Vitamin B
    • turns food into energy
    • helps brain function properly
    • helps nervous system function properly
  • selenium
    • antioxidant
    • helps body absorb Vitamin E
  • iron
    • forms red blood cells
    • carries oxygen through body
  • calcium
    • builds strong bones
    • blood clotting
    • muscle function
    • nerve function
  • manganese
    • metabolizes carbohydrates
    • helps form bones
    • regenerates red blood cells
  • phosphorus
    • forms DNA
    • forms strong bones
    • stores energy
  • copper
    • keeps nerves healthy
    • forms red blood cells
    • forms strong bones

 

Hot Tips:

  • If you have food allergies to sesame or mustard seeds, be cautious with eating chia seeds.
  • If you are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, be cautious with eating chia seeds.
  • Add them to your morning smoothie.
  • Make the delicious recipe in “Sources.”
  • You can substitute a tablespoon of chia seeds mixed in water for an egg in a recipe.
  • Add the chia seeds to yogurt, and add wild blueberries.
  • Put chia seeds in almond milk, and add vanilla extract and maple syrup.  Let this mixture chill in the refrigerator.  This treat tastes like pudding!

 

Monday:

Hemp seeds are a complete protein!

 

Sources:

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