Chia Seeds: Low Carb Food Find

I read about food and nutrition….A LOT!  One of the things I have been reading about lately is Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are a so called “superfood” and can be easily incorporated into a low carb diet.

Nutritional Breakdown:
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
Net Carbs: 0      [5 g. of total carbs, but 5 grams of fiber] 
Calories: 60
Fat: 3 g.
Protein: 3 g.

Chia seeds have many desirable benefits.  Here are just a few I have read about over and over again.

Weight loss: 
They are super high in fiber and contain protein so they help you feel full!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: 
They are incredibly heart healthy.  They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the fats that protect against inflammation that contributes to arthritis and heart disease. In fact, chia seeds have 8 times more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon.  I don’t eat very much fish, so getting my Omega-3 acids from another souce is desireable to me.

Blood Sugar Control:

Chia seeds help with blood sugar control.

Antioxidents:
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.

How to Eat Chia Seeds:
You can mix in Chia seeds with pretty much anything you regularly eat or drink. I was a little hesitant at first, so I mixed a tablespoon of them in with about 6 ounces of diet Ocean Spray Blueberry Drink (the drink has about 1.5 g. of carbs).  You let the seeds sit in the drink for 15 minutes.  The drink was fine and tasted as usual.  The seeds just slightly thickened it (very slightly).  
    
If drinking the seeds isn’t for you, you can eat them just as is.  I tried them plain and they reminded me of poppy seeds (pretty tasteless and harmless).

You could easily mix them into any type of yogurt, smoothie etc. Frankly, they were pretty fun to munch on! If you just wanted to “get it over with,” you could even take a tablespoon of chia seeds and put them in your mouth and swallow them like medicine with water. They are high in fiber, so if you don’t normally eat a diet high in fiber, you might want to ease into eating them and they do absorb water, so I would drink plenty of water with them if you are eating them plain.

I am going to try adding chia seeds to my diet on a regular basis the next few weeks and I’ll report back with any results.


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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good article! Dr. Oz firmly believes on chia seeds and the benefits of taking them. I really do notice relief in my arthritic knees when I take them. Because they are high fiber, they work well as a gentle & natural relief from constipation as well. The bonus is that they aren’t expensive to buy!

  2. I make a pudding with chia seeds. If you put them in milk, they swell up. I use 1 can of coconut milk, 1/4 c. chia seeds and sweetener, maybe cinnamon and vanilla. Sometimes I put in a scoop of Jay Robb protein powder. After leaving it overnight, it takes like tapioca pudding, kind of.

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