Have you tried chia seeds yet?
Chia seeds have a lot in common with flax. Both have a nutty flavor and are great in baked goods, green smoothies, oatmeal, and more. Chia gets a lot of hype as a superfood – and with good reason! But what makes chia so healthy, and how can you get more chia into your diet?
Chia seeds have even more omega-3 fatty acids than flax meal, and like flax they’re rich in fiber and micronutrients. Unlike flax, though, you don’t need to grind chia seeds to get their nutritional value. Your body can digest whole chia seeds, which means that chia has a longer shelf life, since you can buy the whole seed rather than the ground meal. One ounce of chia seeds (about two tablespoons) contains over 40 percent of the RDA for fiber and 18 percent of your daily calcium needs. This low-glycemic, anti-inflammatory food is a nutritional powerhouse, and it’s delicious to boot!
Ready to work some more chia goodness into your diet? Most chia recipes focus on sweet foods, baked goods, and breakfast, but you can use chia in savory cooking, too! Here are some sweet and some savory chia recipe ideas!
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