Chia Seeds are without a doubt the best food you are probably not eating on a daily basis.  Don’t be put off by their small size, these pebble-like seeds pack a powerful, nutrient dense punch when it comes to your nutrition plan.

The FACTS: In just 1 ounce of Chia Seeds you get all of the following:

  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s)
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
  • Not to mention Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) & even some Vitamin B2

The BIG time benefits of eating chia seeds daily include:

1. The powerful antioxidants can help your body fight off free radicals which are know to cause ageing and other diseases such as cancer. That is reason enough to get your chia in daily.

Pound for pound you would be hard pressed to find any food as antioxidant dense for its size as the mighty chia seed is.

2. Chia Seeds are easy to integrate into your nutrition plan. Throwing them in everything from smoothies, to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, rice or even juice makes them an easy addition.

I even sometimes just get a tablespoon and down it with water. Quick, simply, tasteless and your body instantly starts reaping the benefits.

3. Chia Seeds are an amazing source of Omega-3’s. In fact, they pack a much bigger punch than even salmon does when it comes to getting your healthy fats in.  As many of you know, Omega-3’s are important for many things including brain function.

4. Chia Seeds are truly the KING of fiber. Chia seeds are in the “low-carb” food family, as they are packed with fiber. As we know, fiber doesn’t cause a huge raise in blood sugar, which is good news for us.

The importance of fiber is often lost or forgotten when we talk nutrition. Fiber helps keep us full and feeds our gut quality bacteria, which is crucial for optimal gut health.

Chia seeds are around 40% fiber, by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world. I personally believe they are the best source of fiber you can eat daily, hands down.

5. Packed with Protein for their size. Many of you may not think of chia seeds as a protein source, but for all you vegans out there, chia seeds are a great addition to your nutrition plan.

By weight, chia seeds are about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants out there.

Chia seeds are high in quality protein as well, much higher than most plant based foods.

Protein is a critical building block of all muscle and the most fat loss friendly macronutrient out there. If you are not a huge meat eater and struggle to get in enough quality grams of protein, consider adding chia seeds into the mix to cover the gaps in your eating plan.

These are just 5 quick reasons why chia seeds are one of the best foods you are not eating daily, but should be.  The list of benefits goes far beyond the scope of what I covered, but hopefully this is enough of a sales pitch to get you to pick up a bag this week. Trust me, your body will thank you for it in the end.

Until next time eat well, train hard and be nice to people.