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Lose Weight and Feel Great with Chia Seeds

By Edited Mar 30, 2016 4 4

What are Chia Seeds

I was inspired to pass on my new found fascination with chia seeds after I added them to my diet and lost more than ten pounds without making any other changes. Along with weight loss, there are many other health benefits of chia seeds.

Chia

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seeds are one of the hottest nutritional trends today, and touted as a superfood, but they certainly aren't new.

The seeds, native to South America, were a dietary staple for the Aztecs and the Mayans.

Spanish conquistadors destroyed most of the chia fields but pockets remained and were further cultivated.

Chia seeds are known as the "running food" because of their slow and constant release of energy.

Legend says that Aztec warriors lived on nothing but chia seeds and water during battle and prolonged hunting expeditions. It is said that one tablespoon of the seeds could sustain them for an entire day.

The seeds were offered up as a tribute to the gods during religious ceremonies.

Today, the seeds are grown commercially and are a favorite with many endurance athletes.

Chia Seeds and Weight Loss

So, how can chia seeds help me lose weight?

The seeds are low in calories and absorb up to ten times their weight in water, so even

Chia Seeds can Help You Lose Weight
a small amount makes you feel fuller. They are very high in fiber and take a fair amount of energy to digest.

Chia seeds are very low in sodium, so you wont get the "salt bloat".

They help stabalize blood sugar, which helps ward off hunger and those insatiable cravings for sweets or starchy foods.

That means your food is turned into a steady flow of energy, instead of up and down spikes.

Other Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 

Chia seeds are very rich in Omega-3 oils, but without the fishy taste or smell. In fact, by

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weight, chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon. The oil is linked  to heart health and low cholesterol levels. Chia seeds are also high in calcium, potassium and iron as well as other vitamins and minerals.

They are also high in anti-oxidants that help protect your body against free radicals which inflame and age the body.

They increase energy and endurance levels. (The Aztecs knew when they had a good thing) They also speed up recovery time and reduce inflammation after a workout. Because of their superb hydration quality, chia seeds are very popular with endurance athletes.

They can be eaten by people who are allergic to nuts and other seeds.

They aid in digestive health. The gel keeps the digestive track well lubricated and the seed coating, which is insoluble, acts as a scrubber through the intestines and bowels, keeping you well regulated. The action also helps remove toxins from the body.

Chia is an ideal food for vegetarians. It contains the highest plant based source of complete protein.  Chia can also be used to replace many harmful and fattening oils in cooking.

Consumption of chia seeds is also associated with lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increased mental performance, improved thyroid function and better sleep.

Ina study conducted by the University of  Toronto, researchers split 21 diabetic patients into two groups. One group received a chia supplement. The other received a supplement of another high fiber grain. The patients eating chia saw their blood pressure drop 10 points diastolic and 5 points systolic in just three months. The other group had no change in their blood pressure.

It's little wonder chia seeds are touted as a superfood.

Where to Buy Chia Seeds

You can buy chia seeds at most health food stores or order them online through Amazon by clicking on this link.

Organic chia seeds

Most chia seeds are grown organically.

They are inexpensive.

Chia seeds need no refrigeration and can last on the shelf for years.

They can be stored in a jar on the kitchen counter or in your office desk so they are in handy reach to be added to foods and beverages.

Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Chia seeds have a mild, somewhat nutty flavor that won't overpower other food

Oprah and Dr. Oz discuss chia seeds
s.

In recipes that require butter or oil, replace half of those ingredients with chia seeds soaked in water until they become gelatinous. It's a great way to reduce calories and add high nutritional content to your cooking or baking.

Chia seeds can be added to yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal and peanut butter.

They can be sprinkled on salads or cereal.

They can be added to soups and puddings.

Chia seeds can be incorporated into recipes for cookies, muffins and breads.

This is my favorite chia seed recipe:

Ingredients:

             2 tablespoons chia seeds

             1 banana

             1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or fozen)

             1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

             1 scoop low fat vanilla flavored whey protein powder

             1/2 cup water

             2 ice cubes (optional)

Put the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

I drink this every morning and I feel full and energized well into the afternoon.

Order your chia seeds here

Healthworks Pesticide and Chemical-Free Chia Seeds, 32 Ounce
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(price as of Mar 30, 2016)
Helps keep your body hydrated
90% soluble fiber
Beneficial for your digestive track
People use the seeds when they are involved in sports or physical activities for endurance

An Endurance Athlete Embraces Chia Seeds

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Comments

Jul 13, 2012 12:54am
jancorriveau22
Useful information in this blog, like this one must be maintained so I'll put this one on my bookmark list of Super Food Services. Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this.
Same information also available on http://www.RadiantRawSuperfoods.com/
Aug 11, 2012 2:33pm
footloose
Thanks for this. I haven't explored chia yet, but now after learning this I shall try it- even though I'm not an athlete. Thumbs up!
Oct 22, 2012 3:19pm
southerngirl09
Thanks for the information on chia seeds, I have heard a lot of good stuff about them. Maybe I should consider adding them to my diet. Thumbs Up and posted to Twitter.
Nov 15, 2012 1:06pm
bcfinnigan
Chia seeds are great! For anyone on the fence I suggest trying them out you will not be disappointed!

I like mixing my Chia seeds with lemon juice, water, and honey to make a great refreshing drink.
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