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Cha Cha Cha Chia

by Christina Wilson June 28, 2022

Cha Cha Cha Chia

Chia seeds are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. ALA is the plant-based equivalent to marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA you get from eating fish or taking fish oil supplements. 

Chia seeds are high in fiber; in addition to supporting digestive health, chia fiber helps feed the healthy gut bacteria linked to immunity and a positive mood.

Chia seeds help stabilize post-meal blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. In a study that compared chia to flax seeds, both resulted in lower blood sugar levels. Still, chia had a more exceptional ability to convert glucose into a slow-release carbohydrate and positively impact satiety. That led to reduced appetite and desire to eat.

So, in summary, Chia seeds are a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of fiber, contain some B vitamins and zinc, and help stabilize blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. 

Want some peer-reviewed science?

“Chia seeds have high contents of dietary fiber and proteins, rich in many exogenous amino acids. Moreover, chia seeds have high polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly alfa-linolenic acid, belonging to omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds are also a good source of many minerals and vitamins and bioactive compounds of high antioxidant activity, particularly polyphenols and tocopherols results indicate many health-promoting properties of chia seeds. These seeds are ascribed a beneficial effect on the improvement of the blood lipid profile.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627181/ 

Want a recipe?

This pudding recipe has a delicious mix of ingredients that also have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Almond Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

 2 cups almond milk

16 oz blueberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)

½ cup chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

stevia to taste

 

Instructions:

 Purée almond milk and berries in blender until smooth; pour into a bowl. Stir in chia seeds, vanilla extract, and stevia into the purée. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

 



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