Quote of the Day: “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ~ Ansel Adams
Song of the Day: It’s too Late – Carol King
Exercise of the Day: Rowing
Affirmation: “I am strong enough to provide love in places I do not receive it.”
Tip: Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Here are some reasons why we love chia seeds:
1. Chia seeds deliver a massive amounts of nutrients with few calories.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
2. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants.
Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
3. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber.
Fiber doesn’t raise blood sugar, doesn’t require insulin to be disposed of and therefore shouldn’t count as a carb.
The true carb content is only 1 gram per ounce, which is very low. This makes chia a low-carb friendly food.
4. Chia seeds are high in quality protein.
Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein.
By weight, they are about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants.
5. Due to The High Fiber and Protein Content, Chia Seeds Should be Able to Help You Lose Weight.
Many health experts believe that chia seeds can help with weight loss.
The fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food.
There have been several studies on glucomannan, a fiber that works in a similar way, showing that it can lead to weight loss.
Then the protein in chia seeds could help to reduce appetite and food intake.
6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.
Chia seeds are so easy to add to smoothies, salads, yogurts, puddings, oatmeal and even cereal as they are virtually tasteless. I throw a couple teaspoons into my protein shake in the morning and it really helps me to stay full for longer.