Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about the compact nutritional powerhouse that is the chia seed?and for good reason! Chia seeds are the richest whole-food source of Omega-3 fatty acids that doesn't come out of the water. Omega-3s support healthy brain function and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Chia seeds are also high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They're also loaded with calcium, potassium, and vitamin B. These tiny nutrition bombs also help keep you hydrated. When saturated, they absorb a whopping 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance. Their unique combination of soluble and insoluble fibers helps keep you feeling full and supports balanced blood-sugar levels.
Convinced? Here are five easy recipes to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. Behold the power of chia!
1. Chocolate Chia Protein Pancake
These pancakes are dense, hearty, and full of chocolaty goodness. They're great as a post-workout meal or as a filling breakfast before an intense morning workout!
2. Chocolate Cherry Bomb
There are those times when ice cream is the only dessert that sounds satisfying This frozen treat is just as good (if not better) than the real thing!
3. Overnight Chia Oats
Old-fashioned oats are a breakfast staple for most fit-minded people. This slow-digesting, fiber-rich carb is perfect for the morning meal. This no-cook recipe is perfect for those rushed mornings. When you combine the power of chia seeds with protein-rich Greek yogurt, you get one filling and nutritionally-dense breakfast!
4. Green Chia Protein Smoothie
My go-to protein shake almost always consists of a big handful of spinach, blueberries, and flaxseed. For this recipe, I replaced the flaxseed with chia seeds and swapped the blueberries for a banana! The banana and chia seeds add a thick consistency to this green goodness.
5. No-Bake Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Balls
I know I am not the only one who gets the occasional craving for that amazing combo of chocolate and peanut butter. These little gems are guilt-free, rich, and satisfying!