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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Your Way Thin!

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

There is a funny little seed that has been capturing news headlines and I bet you have heard of it.

Let me give you a hint: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

Yes, that is right, you can eat Chia Seeds and according to health experts these little black and white seeds will improve your health and help you lose weight faster.

These nutrient-packed seeds are tiny, look similar to poppy seeds and are basically tasteless so you can feel free to sprinkle them on a salad or mix them in your morning oatmeal like I do.

Chia seeds were the treasure of the Aztecs, but became a forgotten crop until 1980, when Joseph Enterprises created Chia Pets and the world started singing "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia" along with the TV commercial.

Little did we know back in the 80's that 30 years later these seeds would be flying off grocer's shelves as the next great superfood craze.

Health gurus have been touting the health benefits of chia seeds for years, but it has not been until recently that these tiny seeds have been readily available.

Chia seed are praised for their high content of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein.

But what we really love about these little seeds is the boost they give those of us watching our weight. Chia seeds swell to about 12 times their normal size when they enter your stomach. Therefore, a small amount leaves you feeling full and keeps you feeling full for a long time.

Besides their ability to speed your weight loss, chia seeds are said to have:

  • Twice the protein of other seed
  • 5 times the amount of calcium found in milk
  • A trace mineral called Boron that helps calcium move into your bones
  • Twice the potassium of bananas
  • 3 times the antioxidant power of blueberries
  • 3 times more iron than Popeye's favorite - spinach
  • Huge amounts of omega 3 fatty acids

There is even an added bonus for those who suffer from gluten allergies because these little seeds are gluten-free.

You can find chia seeds in health food stores and they are slowly finding their way into regular grocery stores. I encourage you to give them a try. This is a simple way to keep your belly full longer and may just give you an edge in weight loss.

Here are some quick and easy ways to add chia seeds to your daily diet. Aim for about 2 teaspoons to one Tablespoon a day:

1. Stir them into your morning oatmeal or cereal.

2. Mix them into your smoothie.

3. Sprinkle the tiny seeds on your salad or mix into your salad dressing.

4. Eat them raw or mixed in applesauce.

5. Drink juice with a teaspoon of chia seeds mixed in.

6. Bake them into breads, muffins or pancakes.

Chia seeds may have come on like a fad, but you do not have to worry about them being dangerous. These seeds are nature's diet pills and have no harmful chemicals or additives that could do harm. Feel free to sprinkle away!

I eat chia seeds as part of my healthy diet and they help me control my weight. But, you do have to look at them as part of your overall healthy weight loss plan. Simply adding these seeds to your cereal will not miraculously drop the number on the scale.

In my free report I shares how to incorporate the right foods into your diet so you can lose 5 pounds this week without ever feeling hungry. Click on the link to get started the right way.

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