Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Remember those chia pets you grew up on if you're a product of the 90s? Well, they may have the ability to grow "hair," but they also offer up some major healthy benefits as well.

We've partnered with Health Warrior to give you the low-down on chia seeds, a small but mighty little superfood that is loaded with vitamins and minerals.


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Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, rich in antioxidants, iron, and calcium. A 28 gram, or 1 ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein. Mixed with water, they can replace egg in vegan cooking (Medical News Today, 2018).

"Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke" (Medical News Today, 2018). Chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds(Medical News Today, 2018).


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Tips via Medical News Today:

  • Chia seeds are relatively easy to find in any major grocery store. They are black or white in color and they have a mild, nutty flavor.
  • Raw, they can be sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. They can also be eaten cooked or added to baked goods like bread and muffins.
  • In vegan baking, they can replace eggs. To use them as an egg substitute in baking, try mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let them sit for a few minutes. A gel will form that can be used instead of eggs in baking.

More fun chia seed facts via Health Warrior:


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As you can see, adding chia seeds into everyday recipes can be beneficial to your body. One of our favorite, easy recipes where we incorporate chia seeds into baking is here in these pancake muffins.

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