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What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are a tiny black seed that grows from a plant! Chia is a Mayan word that translates to ‘strength’, which is perfect for their health benefits.

Chia seed nutrition: for 1 tablespoon
calories: 60
fat: 4.5 g
fiber: 5 g
protein: 3 g

So, for 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (which is what I usually use) I get: 10 grams of fiber, 10 carbohydrates (which are all fiber, which means chia seeds contain 0 net carbs), and 6 grams of protein. Needless to say, just because they’re tiny doesn’t mean they don’t back a nutritional punch! They are also loaded with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids- more than salmon, gram-for-gram!

Fun fact: Chia seeds absorb water like crazy! Try soaking 2 tablespoons in 1/3 cup water and see what happens. I also add these to my overnight oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds- store in fridge overnight and in the morning the chia seeds will have soaked up all the almond milk. Add yogurt, berries or even cook the oats to have a warm breakfast.

Chia seeds and weight loss:
Since chia seeds are high in protein and fiber, they can help you feel fuller for longer. Adding to oatmeal, which already has fiber and protein, can really help you feel full for a long morning at work! In the end, you will end up eating less, resulting in curbing cravings and less snacking.

What’s my point?
Add chia seeds to your daily diet for maximum nutrition and/or to help maintain or lose weight.

Sources: Authority Nutrition 11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

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