Do chia seeds amp up your energy?
We know we’ve discussed chia seeds before, but we continue to get more and more questions about them and if they boost energy. The answer is…yes, but indirectly. Chia seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein. So they work well in combination with fiber-filled carbohydrates; fibrous carbohydrates provide brain and muscle energy, and protein (like that found in chia seeds), slows digestion of the carbohydrates and provides a longer-lived energy from the carbohydrates. So to rev your energy, incorporate chia seeds into your meals simply by adding them to your morning berry and skim milk smoothie, mix them in with your oatmeal or other whole grain cereals, or even sprinkle them on top of your salad!
We also love chia seeds because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. By taking two tablespoons of chia twice a day, you can consume 82% of the recommended fiber intake with less than 90 calories for every serving! How awesome is that?!
Want more? The seeds also contain insoluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber cannot be digested by the body and helps to keep food moving along the digestive process. Soluble fiber keeps the colon hydrated and aids in food movement. Chia seeds are also well known for helping people lose weight because they help to keep you feeling full. When you eat the seeds and drink water, a gel-like coating is formed around the seeds, increasing its size and weight. This gelling action helps your body think it’s full.
Chia seeds also contain powerful antioxidants that help to prevent free-radical damage in your body that leads to premature aging of the skin and inflammation and disease. Inflammation also causes a lot of other issues in the body and ultimately sucks you dry of your energy.
Nutritional Information for Chia Seeds
Serving size: 1 ounce; Calories: 137; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Protein: 4g
Have you tried chia seeds? How do you eat them? With cereal? Smoothies?