A few years back my sporty gal pal showed up drinking a smoothie with these black little pebbles floating in it after a workout. I was totally confused. What was she drinking? Turns out she regularly adds chia seeds to her smoothies, juices, eggs, cereals, you name it. You know that saying, “if (s)he can do it, I can do it?” Well, heck yea, I can eat chia seeds too and get extra grams of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein into my diet. I honestly had zero idea what I was doing or how beneficial chia seeds actually were. This is why homework is so important. It’s important for us to be informed about what we’re putting into our bodies and overall benefits. Google is your friend, use it wisely though cautiously.
Per my Trader Joe’s packaging of chia seeds the nutritional benefits are per 1 tablespoon:
- 6 grams of fiber
- 3 grams of protein
- 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids
These were all facts that I did not know when I just started sprinkling them on my cereals, in my juices, yogurt and eggs. For reference, a medium size apple has about 4 grams of fiber, an egg has 6 grams of protein (that’s with the yoke, ladies!), and walnuts provide approximate 4 grams per ounce. I also quickly learned they were tasteless and a gelatin like halo forms around them when soaked in liquid. I personally don’t mind the consistency. Now rethink the above stats. We’re talking one tablespoon for fiber, protein and Omega-3. Hello, Chia seeds are the trifecta of goodness!
Where can you buy them? Um, everywhere. Do you remember the infamous Chia pet from the 90s. Yup, same thing, but I don’t recommend ingesting that furry guy! But Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, specialty stores. Maybe even your local supermarkets. Try looking in the Bobs Red Mill section.
I also add a tablespoon (or two!) to my green lemonade concoction, but this tasty beverage isn’t easy to transport to work and last throughout the day because the fiber and nutrients settle to the bottom. It is better for you and the juice, if it is immediately consumed. So, I stumbled upon these tasty pre-made organic chia squeezes by Mamma Chia. They’re the perfect snack, instant energy boost, and easy to transport. They’re my “go to” on days when I know coffee is a “no-no” or I need an extra healthy kick before a workout.
But are they good for you? Where did they come from? Products of this type are popping up all over the place. Again, do your homework. Read reviews, find articles like this NY Times one of 2012. Do you buy into their product? What’s their history? Are you comfortable with them? For Mamma Chia, my decision was yes, yes, and yes.
Whether this product is to your liking or not, please (pretty please) add some chia seeds to your diet. It’s as simple as adding a scoop. I mean, if I can do it, you can do it, right?