Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food packed with omega 3s and antioxidants. They are full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds contains 138 kcal, 8 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. This amount of chia seeds per day would provide 18% of daily calcium needs, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese and smaller amounts of potassium, zinc and copper.
For my clients 2 tbsp = 1.5 exchanges of fat and 1 carb
When compared to flaxseed, chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus and fiber – all essential nutrients that most people are not getting enough of.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, smoothies, vegetables, rice dishes, or yoghurt. They can also be mixed with nut milks and water and made into a brekkie or pudding 🙂
Check out all my recipes for some inspiration…