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The Power of Chia Seeds

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May 07

Emerald City Smoothie

The Power of Chia Seeds

by Emerald City Smoothie

CH-CH-CH-CHIA!

What are Chia Seeds, Anyway? 

When we hear the word "chia", many of us still think of those ceramic pots with sprouting "hair". However, those tiny little seeds are actually packed full of powerful nutrients.

Chia seeds are tasteless and can be eaten whole or milled. They can be added to everything from smoothies, soups, hot cereals and baked goods. Chia seeds are a wholesome source of protein, manganese, and phosphorus, and are an ideal option for vegans, vegetarians and people with gluten allergies.

Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients such as:

Fiber Just one ounce of chia seeds has 11 grams of fiber, almost a third of the recommended daily intake in one small serving. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids  A one-ounce serving of chia boasts 5 grams of Omega 3 which is important for brain health and help to reduce your risk for heart disease.

Calcium One serving of chia seeds has almost 18% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

Protein One ounce of chia seeds has about 4 grams of protein, almost 10 percent of the recommended daily intake.

Add chia seeds to your favorite Emerald City Smoothie for an added nutrient boost.

Click here for 31 healthy and delicious ways to cook with Chia seeds at home.