Superfood #2: Chia Seeds
As one of the healthiest foods in the world, chia seeds are packed full of nutrients and vitamins without any of the calories! The breakdown of one ounce of chia seeds according to SELF Nutrition Data is as follows:
|Fat||9 grams (5 of which are omega 3)|
|Calcium||18% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI)|
|Manganese||30% of the RDI|
|Phosphorus||27% of the RDI|
|Chia seeds also contain a healthy amount of zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2.|
This makes them a great alternative source for those who don’t consume dairy to get the nutrients that are important for bone health, such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and protein.
What makes the seeds even more attractive is how you can easily incorporate them into your daily recipes, some examples include:
- Puddings – the seeds are able to absorb many times their own weight in liquid. Just soak them in some water or milk overnight, top with some nuts, add some spice and you have a delicious breakfast.
- Muffins – if you’re making pancakes, waffles, or even some muffins, just toss a few seeds in. They have a neutral taste and bring a healthy bite of crunch.
- Energy drinks – soak them in your cherry juice, add them to orange juice, and enjoy the natural boost!
However you choose to consume them, chia seeds are a great addition to your daily food intake!