Ch-Ch-Ch Chia Seeds!

January 24th, 2012   •   No Comments   

by CathyK

We love chia seeds at HCG Chicago! A bit larger than poppy seeds, they’re loaded with calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, niacin, phosphorous and zinc. We recommend them as part of a healthy diet and to assist with keeping body weight normal.

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. These petite seeds are considered to be a complete non-meat protein source, are rich in antioxidants, loaded with omega 3/6/9 oils, and may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They may also help reduce insulin resistance, which is part of the overall goal with many of our patients doing the HCG weight loss program.

Chia seeds can be eaten in Phases 3 and 4, and are a great source of fiber. A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds is packed with 11 grams of fiber, which make them an excellent choice to help keep those bowels moving! When moistened, they absorb 9 times their weight in a matter of minutes, forming a gel that contributes to a feeling of satiety.

Chia seeds have no flavor except when sprouted (they’re a bit spicy). They can be used in smoothies, puddings, sprinkled on cereal, added to smoothies and blended fruit, or ground into a flour for baking. One tablespoon a day is all that’s needed.

Let’s hear it for the chia seed! :)

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