Ch Ch Chia…Pets?
Remember Chia Pets? What if I told you that the very seeds used to grow your pet are the very seeds that everyone loves? This isn’t a trick question, promise.
Yes, chia seeds- the ones raved about everywhere– are used in Chia Pets. Hence the name Chia Pets…I told you it wasn’t a trick question.
Despite being used in the hilariously cute plant pet, chia seeds pack a punch in nutrition:
It’s the fiber that creates the gel consistency when combined with liquid! This fiber also makes you feel full, which could help in weight loss. Scientific tests have not shown results in weight loss, however.
- High in omega-3 fatty acids
They have more than flax seeds!
I want to note that carbs are not bad. Our body needs carbs. This is helpful for those who are on low sugar diets.
Two doctors note in You Staying Young that antioxidant activity in chia seeds is greater than blueberries!
A study found that chia seed loading (think carb loading) for enhances endurance performance lasting greater than 90 minutes.
My vegan friends
For those who are vegan, replace eggs with chia seeds in baked goods. According to Bob’s Red Mill:
- Substitute approximately 1 tbsp. chia seeds for one large egg
Let’s get energized! 🙂