Did you know a tiny tablespoon of chia seeds crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and omega fatty acids? That’s a lot to offer in a little seed.
But the real reason chia rocks? It fills you up, and that will keep you from getting hungry (and cranky) and grabbing the wrong kind of snack later in the day. That’s because when soaked in a liquid, chia seeds expand. They also release natural thickeners, creating a pudding-like mixture.
A great bonus about chia is that they are one of the cheapest superfoods out there. This store has the best deals every now and then.
Another bonus is that chia seeds are shelf-stable. That means you can buy them in large quantities in bulk or on sale, and that makes the budgeters like me happy.
Not sure what to do with chia seeds? Try our ‘Chia Pretty in Pink Smoothie’
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1 Medium size Pitaya (dragon fruit)
3 Table spoons of chia
1 large lime
10 Ice cubes
1 teaspoon of Agave nectar
1/2 cup of water (milk optional)
- Place the banana, strawberries, one tablespoon of chia seeds, and ice cubes, 1/2 a cup of water, 5 ice cubes into a blender.
- Purée until is smooth. Set aside into a cup and let it sit in the freezer for half an hour.
- While this part of smoothie is in the freezer, place the Pitaya cut into cubes, add the lime juice, the agave, 1 tablespoon of chia and 5 ice cubes into the blender. Purée until is smooth.
- Get your previous smoothie. Add the reminder tablespoon of chia on top to create a layer and add the Pitaya smoothie purée. Garnish with a lime and sprinkle with chia seeds. Enjoy!