What Are Chia Seeds ?

Oh HEY weekend. Sounds like a bunch of you are lying low this weekend–either resting or working. Good luck and hopefully you have a nice weekend nonetheless :)

What Are Chia Seeds

So yes, yesterday I mentioned I eat bugs. And some of you do too! So glad I am not the only odd one out there! Hah.

Whenever my husband sees me eating those black things he goes, “why are you eating bugs again?!”

hello bugs

Now THAT is a very good question. Why I am eating foods that look like bugs?!

Oh, I should mention right now that those ‘bugs’ are really chia seeds. Little, tiny black seeds.

So what are chia seeds then?

Chia seeds are:

  • a seed cultivated by the Aztecs, and grown widely in Guatemala and Mexico
  • rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids (the good stuff!)
  • high in protein, fiber, and ‘good’ fats
  • thought to help increase energy
  • can be eaten raw or mixed into water as a special drink
  • are easily digestible <—which differs from flax seeds
  • a source of minerals : calcium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium
  • not yet proven to do so, but may provide other dietary benefits

luckily these 'bugs' are good for us!

Some people who consume chia seeds do say that they feel the seeds give them extra energy, that they are able to workout harder and longer, and that because of the balance of potassium and sodium in the seeds they are able to reduce post exercise exhaustion and soreness.

{There are not enough research articles on these benefits however, so those claims are unsubstantiated so far}

BUT, more power to ya if these seeds make you feel like wonderwoman or superman!

For me personally I can not say whether or not they make me feel THAT much different, but I do like knowing I am fueling my body with real food….in the form of bugs 😉 Seriously though, I am grateful for any kind of seed that adds a powerful punch in my daily nutrition stats!

chia in this granola too!

Chia seeds can be used in almost anything. Some I’ve tried are:

oatmeal with a side of bugs

Have a lovely weekend :)

Are YOU a chia seed consumer?? What are some of the benefits YOU have personally felt from these ‘bugs’?? And what yummy dishes have YOU made using these buggers??

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Comments

  1. This is really interesting! I never really knew all the hard facts behind these babies. I knew they are high fiber, omega-3s, and protein, but I never knew the difference between them and flax seeds. I still have a ton of flax seeds I’m trying to currently use up, and then I plan to try out some chia seeds. I use my flax seeds mostly in my oatmeal and on top of my PB & banana open faced sandwiches. I’ve also added them to homemade granola! I love those little bugs! 😉

  2. I love putting chia seeds in my oatmeal, they definitely thicken it up!

  3. caroline says:

    I LOVE them!! It is a quick easy way to add nutrition to anything and everything!

  4. I put chia seeds in my oatmeal too- either warm or cold, it definitely makes it fluffier!
    (When I was little, I put them on a clay animal and they sprouted. :))

    • Can you stand cold oatmeal?? I think I might die….never tried it though.

      The animal sprouted because of the chia?! Haha. That is awesome.

      • Lauren @ oatmeal after spinning says:

        Cold oatmeal as in overnight oats. :) and I’m talking about a chia pet! Don’t you remember those? It’s the same chia seeds!

  5. I’ve never tried out chia seeds but I’ve heard so many good things about them that I’ve been really interested in incorporating them into my diet..i’m all about packing a nutritional punch into my meals!

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