Lose Weight with Chia Seeds

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. Grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures, they prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). They contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. In theory, chia seeds are supposed to expand in your belly, helping you to feel full, eat less, and ultimately shed pounds.

If you are looking for a natural weight loss diet that is easy to follow, is low cost and produces steady, effective weight loss, then include chia seeds in your diet is definitely worth trying. When combined with a real food based diet and a healthy lifestyle, chia seeds can definitely help you with weight loss.

How do chia seeds help in shedding pounds?
  • Help to improve energy level
  • Eliminate food cravings
  • Deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories 
  • Almost all the carbs in them are fiber 
  • Can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink

How to enjoy chia seeds?
  1. Stir a spoonful of chia seeds into your oatmeal as it cooks, adding water as needed to get the consistency you like.
  2. Add a spoonful of whole or ground chia seeds to your favorite smoothie. Not only does the chia make your smoothie more filling, but it absorbs water to make your beverage thicker and richer-tasting, so you'll feel more satisfied.
  3. Sprinkle ground chia into your eggs when you make scrambled eggs or omelets, or make three-ingredient "chia pancakes" using egg whites, banana puree and whole or ground chia seeds.
  4. Make a healthy and filling chia "pudding" by mixing whole chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk until the mixture thickens and forms a gel -- about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Mix chia seeds with pureed berries to make sugar-free berry "jam" that you can use as a topping for whole-grain crackers or toast.
  6. Mix a spoonful of whole chia seeds into ice-cold sparkling lemon water for a healthy "spritzer."
  7. Mix equal parts of coconut milk and grounded chia seeds to thicken. Then, add some garlic powder plus sea salt and bake them at a low temperature for some few minutes.
  8. You can substitute cornstarch with grounded chia seeds to help thicken your soup. Just add a few tablespoons of powdered chia seeds to the desired thickness.
photo: chiaseedszone.com

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