Welcome to the second to last day of my product review and giveaway event. If you’re new to the event, I have been reviewing products all week and currently have 3 giveaways – there will be 1 last product review and giveaway tomorrow so stay tuned. Links to all of my current giveaways are below and they all have options for daily entries so check them out:
I could not control my excitement when The Chia Co. (website here: http://www.thechiaco.com.au/) sent me these products. Look at all of those chia seeds (insert googly eyes). I fell in love with chia seeds a few years ago when Edward brought them home from work. He’s a tease, however, because he hasn’t brought them home since 😦
The Chia Co. provided me with a gigantic sized bag of black chia seeds, a smaller bag of white chia seeds, and a pack of 10 chia shots which you can conveniently store in your purse and take with you on the go.
Chia seeds are one of my favorite ‘superfoods’ because they’re just so fun to eat. I like to pretend they are little mini boba (bubble tea, anyone?)
Chia seeds, per ounce (2 tbsp) provide 139 calories, 4g protein, 9g fat, and 11g fiber. They most certainly pack a nutritional punch. Look at all of that fiber. From just 2 tbsp! They are also a great concentrated source of heart healthy omega-3’s, antioxidants, and calcium. However, it is important to note that the omega-3 fatty acid they contain is ALA which most people get enough of in the diet. While it can be used to make the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA, it can only do so partially so it is still necessary to eat sources of food that contain DHA and EPA like fish and nuts.
My favorite way to incorporate these into my foods is to make overnight oats/chia pudding, especially overnight oats in a near-empty pb or nut butter jar. To make, simply add 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup milk of choice (I love to use unsweetened almond milk), 1/2 tbsp chia seeds and any other extra flavorings to your pb jar. Give your jar a shake to ensure the ingredients are well combined then throw it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. Come morning, you will have a delicious breakfast waiting for you. My favorite combination is to add a little baking cocoa and a spoonful of decaf coffee grounds for a mocha flavor.
Here are a few of the other ways I love to incorporate chia seeds into my foods:
Strawberry banana smoothie : 1 ripe banana + handful frozen strawberries + almond milk. I used cacao nibs, goji berries, and chia seeds to make it ‘prettier’
Post workout protein smoothie : basically a concoction of spinach, almond milk, chocolate protein powder, and avocado topped with chia, goji, flax, cacao nibs, oats, blueberries, raspberries, and dragon fruit!
overnight chia pudding : for this i just combined almond milk, chia, and oats and let sit overnight. in the morning i topped it with some yogurt, strawberries (not pictured), goji berries, and cacao nibs.
You can get as creative as you want with chia by using them to make chia pudding or using them to make chia eggs (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water) to replace eggs in baking/cooking or you can just keep it simple and add them to water or tea or just sprinkle them on top of your foods.
While chia seeds have been touted as the next superfood for weight loss and heart health, research is limited on the subject. Currently none of the research supports the claims that chia seeds significantly help with reductions in body weight, body fat, or improve cardiovascular markers. But that’s not to say that you should discount them. They still offer higher antioxidants than any other food (including blueberries).
Bottom line, chia seeds still offer other omega-3 benefits, antioxidants, protein, fiber, and flavor so they are still great to add to your diet.
* The Chia Co. was generous enough to send me these products for free. I received these products for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Question of the day:
Have you ever tried chia seeds? What’s your favorite way to use them?