If you have been keeping up with my Flat Belly diet then you know that I love chia seeds! I use them in my Flat Belly Waters and Meals that are delicious foods you can actually indulge in during your fasting window.
But Chia is much more than a tiny little seed stemming from a hearty plant that flourishes in the central and southern parts of Mexico. Chia was actually considered a staple food crop in the Aztec diet – eaten whole, ground into a fine flour, mixed into water as a drink, incorporated with other grains and baked into flatbread, and even used as medicine. In fact, Chia Seeds were most famously consumed by warriors and athletes as sources of energy and endurance.
Often consumed in competitions and situations of extreme perseverance, it was thought that an athlete could perform powerful physical output by eating nothing more than a tablespoon of Chia every few hours. Perhaps that’s why I continue to use premium organic Chia Seeds as my energy source when I’m intermittent fasting, which is why you’ll often see me making my favorite mix of water, Navitas Organics Chia Seeds and Sweet Drops during fasting periods. Chia Seeds have a gelatinous quality, meaning when they’re surrounded by liquid for as little as 15 minutes, they swell up with a jelly-like coating. These swollen Chia Seeds are often used as a fun textural agent in recipes like sauces and drinks, and it’s this same feature that makes Chia pudding so filling and delicious!
Chia, with its healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and high fiber, is just as valuable today as it was back then for supporting overall health, vitality and energy. Benefits of Chia Seeds include omega-3s, protein and fiber to start—or end—your day right. I always choose Navitas Organics Chia Seeds because they contain 2,254mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving!
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