Chia seeds – Powerful Superfood

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Chia seeds have gained popularity in recent years. They are an ingredient in the Shakeology that I drink and I also use them to add to different foods (oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, etc.). They are a powerhouse of nutrition in each ounce of the tiny seeds. One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (mostly Omega-3), as well as a good portion of calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus among other vitamins and minerals.

I get chia seeds in my Shakeology but sometimes I add either extra chia seeds or flax seeds to my shake to add some extra Omega-3s and other goodness.  Chia seeds are native to South America. They are seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica – a relative of the mint. Chia seeds are considered superfoods because they pack an amazing amount of nutrition and they are very high in antioxidants. They are an excellent protein source and when ingested they swell which can help you feel fuller.

If you are interested in learning more about the superfoods in Shakeology you can check out my post here.

This is Day 26 in 31 Days to Better Nutrition.

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