How to Eat Chia Seeds
If you need to know one thing about Health Warrior Superfoods, it’s that we’re chia seed obsessed, not only because of chia seeds’ nutrient density but because of their extreme versatility. These tiny seeds are packed with a variety of nutrients that help with various functions in the body. The Maya and Aztec warriors utilized chia seeds way back in 3,000 BC as a diet staple. These warriors used chia to sustain their energy and stamina during long runs and times of war. In Mayan, the word “chia” means “strength.” Chia seeds are a known superfood and are consumed regularly in breads, snack bars, puddings, drinks, and much more. Let’s chat how to eat chia seeds so you too can take advantage of these powerful seeds!
How to eat chia seeds: Chia for breakfast
Starting your day with an energy-sustaining and filling breakfast is essential to taking on the day with a clear and open mind. Chia seeds are packed with 10g of total fat, including healthy polyunsaturated and omega-3 fats. These healthy fats help reduce inflammation (which helps your body recover from aches and pain), promote digestion, and keep you feeling fuller longer. Fats take longer to digest than carbohydrates or proteins, so consuming a healthy dose first thing in the morning will keep energy flowing until your next meal. Morning chia consumption can come in many forms. Chia seeds are an excellent addition to oatmeal, on top of yogurt or cottage cheese, baked into bread, sprinkled into a protein drink or smoothie, as chia seed pudding, or mixed in with nut butters on top of toast or a Health Warrior Protein Mug Muffin.
How to eat chia seeds: Chia for snacks
Chia seeds are an excellent snack because of their ability to curb hunger quickly, due to their high fiber content. Chia seeds have an astonishing 10g of fiber in just one ounce. Not only are chia seeds high in fiber, but most of the fiber is what’s called soluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water. The high content of soluble fiber in chia seeds make it a hydrophilic food. Hydrophilic means chia seeds are “water loving” and have the ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water. This hydrophilic ability causes chia seeds to expand in the body, forming a gel. This gel keeps you hydrated, sustains energy by balancing your blood sugars, and helps you feel full by curbing hunger pangs between meals. Grabbing a chia snack as soon as hunger starts to strike can not only prevent you from getting “hangry” but it will help keep you from overindulging at your next meal. Chia snacks can come in many forms. Our favorite is the Chia Bar. The first ingredient is chia seeds so you’re getting a hearty serving of the superfood with only 100 calories and 3g of sugar.
How to eat chia seeds: Chia for meals
Chia seeds make a great addition to any meal time. Research shows that pairing fruits and vegetables with healthy fats can boost nutrient absorption. Vitamins A,D,E, and K, for example, are all fat-soluble, meaning fat promotes absorption of these essential nutrients that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, promote bone health, boost energy, improve immunity, and promote healthy blood clotting. Seeds can be sprinkled on top of vegetables, added to breading used to crust meats or veggies, added to sauces, or put into soups. The possibilities are endless.
How to eat chia seeds: Chia for pre and post workout fuel
Chia seeds are excellent both before and after a workout. They help you sustain energy due to their fat and fiber content, making them an excellent pre-workout snack. A Chia Bar can keep you fueled during your workouts whether they are short, long, or extra long (just like the Aztec and Maya warriors). Post workout, chia seeds can be mixed with protein powders or milks for an excellent anti-inflammatory recovery drink. Serious workouts cause tears in muscles and stress on the body, which can in the short term cause inflammation. Your recovery routine is essential for helping your body repair and rebuild stronger than ever. Chia seeds contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, and 5g of omega-3 fats per serving, which acts like a calming cucumber, reducing inflammation and speeding recovery.
Chia seeds have it all: anti-inflammatory, energy sustaining, health promoting, and perfect any time of day. Learn more about chia seeds!