Hello SOTGC community,
In preparing this blog post, I was asking myself, “how do I make health and wellness sexy, tantalizing, inspiring, and EASY?” Because, let’s face it, when it comes to our health, sometimes, it’s just the opposite of sexy. When we don’t feel physically well, and we aren’t giving our bodies the things we know it needs to stay healthy because the demands of life are keeping us stressed, busy, and distracted, its hard to get inspired. That’s why in my lifestyle medicine practice, I am coaching the patient to make it FUN. If getting healthy is uninspiring and, at times, a burden, let’s be sure to have some fun. So what’s sexy, fun, and healthy? Well, I think chia seeds for your health fit the bill, and you’ll understand why in this blog post.
Chia seeds come from a desert plant, Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant of the mint family, and is native to Mexico and Guatemala. The chia seed dates back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. The word chia means “strength,” and it was an ingested seed in indigenous cultures because it was associated with stamina.
Why are chia seeds sexy to me? They are easy, packed with nutrients, and low maintenance. I’ll elaborate.
The seeds are edible, and, unlike flax seed, do not need to be ground to obtain the nutrient benefits. They can be easily stored without going rancid. They are easily portable and can be easily sprinkled into smoothies and salads. When added to liquid, the seeds swell and have a gelatinous texture, making for a healthy version of pudding. Thrown into beverages, it is a nice alternative to boba drinks (beverages with cooked tapioca pearls, a common fixture here in Southern California).
Chia seeds are also sexy due to the amount of nutrients packed into each seed. Each ounce (2 tablespoons) of chia seed ingested contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 4.9 gm of omega 3 fatty acids, 177 mg of calcium, plus additional vitamins and minerals.
At the end of the day, why do I consider chia seeds sexy for your health? Because they are low maintenance to store, easy to prepare ( there is no preparation), pack a major dose of nutrients, and finding creative ways to incorporate them into your diet makes food as medicine a fun way to get healthy. Let’s get sexy with chia seeds today.
Health benefits of chia:
—hydrophilic, soak up water
—don’t need to be ground to get health benefits
a fiber source
—Helps sugar control/diabetes/insulin resistance
—healthy bowel movements/toxin removal
—filling/appetite control—slows digestion, makes you feel full
—lower bp, heart health
Omega 3 source — anti-inflammatory, brain health, cholesterol lowering
Calcium — bone health
Protein source — great for vegetarians
Appetite control — has tryptophan, regulates appetite
Improves bp and cholesterol