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.
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
Net Carbs: 0 [5 g. of total carbs, but 5 grams of fiber]
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.
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.
Chia seeds help with blood sugar control.
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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