Ingredient 101: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are small but mighty. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that originate from the Salvia Hispanica plant. You can add them to smoothies, yogurt, salads, rice, or pudding (chia seeds + coconut or almond milk) as a healthy addition. These very small seeds pack a large punch:

1. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that can protect your skin from the sun and all its damaging effects, as well as reduce inflammation.

2. Because chia seeds are full of fiber, it helps reduce bloating while making you feel fuller. You won’t feel like eating as much after consuming chia seeds.

3. Chia seeds are high in protein, and have amino acids that aid in healthy hair, skin, and nails.

4. Chia seeds are high in nutrients that are amazing for bone health. If you don’t eat much dairy, chia seeds can be a good way to get your calcium.

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