Chia seeds: The What, Why and How

Chia Seeds: What Why and How
There's no doubt that eating more nuts and seeds will benefit us by increasing our intake of healthy fats, protein and fibre, but some seeds seem to be getting more attention in the health and fitness circles than others. 

Chances are you've heard of chia seeds. I mean, how could you not have?! They're all over Pinterest in various recipes for
desserts, smoothies and breakfast bowls. 

So what are they and where do they come from? Why should you be eating them? And how can you include them in your meals? 

What the heck is a chia seed?

Chia seeds are tiny black and white seeds from a Mexican plant called Salvia Hispanica. They are a whole grain food and are raw/unprocessed.

Why should I be eating them? 

Healthy Bee Organic Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are nature’s answer to a multivitamin! They're a rich source of magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, niacin, potassium, vitamin B1 and B2 and Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain 139 calories, made up of 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbs, 11 grams of which comes from fibre (so if you’re counting macros – these would net at 1 g of carbs).

Chia seeds, when left to soak, absorb moisture and swell up to form a gel. It's because of this that you'll hear many claims that they will fill up your tummy and prevent you from overeating, thus resulting in weight loss. This hasn't been clinically proven – but we already know that there’s no magical seed or pill for weight loss, right?  You have to improve your diet and lifestyle as a whole!

Typically, our diets do not contain enough fibre or protein, both of which can help with fat loss, so incorporating these seeds into your meals will certainly count towards your nutritional goals. 

How do I eat them?

Healthy Bee Organic Chia Pancakes
Chia seeds have a slightly nutty flavour and make a wonderful addition sprinkled on top of yoghurt mixed erg berries, porridge, salads, dressings, smoothies and my personal favourite - breakfast pancakes! 

I've been topping my protein pancake, made with a banana and an egg, with a table spoon of high protein yogurt, two teaspoons of milled flax seed and two teaspoons of Healthy Bee Organic Chia Seeds. It tastes amazing and is a great way to amp up the protein and fibre in my breakfast.

Healthy Bee - The Bee That Love's chia seeds are organically sourced, naturally harvested and cleansed in natural water. They're also registered by the vegan society, are non-gmo and contain no preservatives or pesticides. You can buy them from in 450g packs for £7.97 - much better value than most multivitamins, fibre supplements and omega 3 capsules. 

This post was sponsored by Healthy Bee - The Bee That Loves. As always, my opinions are honest and my own.

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