Tone It Up: 5 Reasons to Choose Chia Seeds

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This story is from our partner, Tone It Up! Karena and Katrina, the girls behind Tone It Up, will be sharing their best fitness and healthy living tips. Today’s post is all the benefits of a small but mighty super food called chi seeds:

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Hi everyone! It’s Katrina and Karena here. Today we want to tell you a bit about chia seeds, which are tiny black (or white!) seeds that are an amazing super food packed with tons of essential nutrients. Did you know that chia seeds are an ancient secret to strength and endurance? They have been traditionally used as an important food source in Mexico and Central America for thousands of years. They were even a main food source for Aztec warriors. We love these seeds because they are perfect to use in just about any recipe for an added crunch. We love them in baked goods, smoothies, sprinkled on top of yogurt, cereal, fruit and salads. And unlike flax seeds, there’s no need to grind them first. Enjoy them just as they are. Easy as that!

The benefits of eating chia seeds seem endless, but we’ve decided to fill you guys in on five of our favorite reasons you should be eating these super food seeds. Here they are…

  • Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that give you the necessary nutrients for gorgeous hair, healthy nails, and smooth, glowing skin. Remember, beauty starts on the inside.
  • These seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of protein you can find. Protein is an essential macronutrient needed for almost every function in your body. It helps with weight loss and is a must for building lean muscle.
  • They’re a great source of fiber. This keeps you feeling full, controls hunger, and balances your appetite. It also means less sneaky snack attacks. Fiber also helps to regulate your system, which will contribute to detoxing—a great choice after a party or fun girl’s night out!
  • Chia seeds are high in magnesium, potassium and calcium. Among other things, these essential nutrients keep your body healthy and energized for your workouts…and who doesn’t want more energy?
  • But the coolest thing about chia seeds? They have the ability to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, creating a unique gel that is incredibly hydrating and satisfying. Add chia seeds to a vegan pudding, overnight oats, or your favorite green smoothie.

Take a look here for more of our favorite ways to use chia seeds and click here to see this original post on the Tone It Up blog!

Have you ever tried chia seeds before? How will you use them in your next recipe?

XO Team LC

P.S. If you liked this post, be sure to check out Tone It Up for more fitness tips from Katrina and Karena.

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Categories: Get Fit, Health
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  • Ashley Rizzardo

    This was a really interesting post. I’ve never really heard much about chia seeds before, but they really do sound beneficial. I might research some more ways to work them in my diet.

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Michelle

    chia seeds are so beneficial! would love to add it into my daily diet :-)

    http://michellele1.blogspot.com.au/

    Xx

  • Ashley

    Thanks for these tips! I’ve been incorporating flax seeds, but like you said, they have to be ground first.. not something I knew right away and boy did that ruin a few smoothies! haha http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Emma Acomb

    Definitely will be trying this very soon!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I love Chia seeds!! I just started adding them to my green smoothies and I love them (BEST GREEN SMOOTHIES EVER – http://simplegreensmoothies.com/)! My friend also soaks them in almond milk overnight. In the morning, it has the same texture as oatmeal and is a great summer breakfast.

    -Kelby
    http://peachypains.com

  • Sam

    Thanks Karena and Katrina,
    I love chia seeds in my smoothie.
    thanks for the info.

    sam

    theblondephenomenon.wordpress.com

  • Brenna Gray

    Chobani Greek Yogurt just came out with one that contains Chia Seeds! It’s delicious :) http://chobani.com/products/blueberry-power/

  • Melia Williams

    So funny! I just wrote a post about chia seeds!!! We discovered the best way to enjoy them!

    THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK FOR SHOPAHOLICS:
    http://www.meliawilliams.com

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    Great post!! I need to start eating more Chia Seeds and adding it more in my meals..

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • Kate Yuan

    ive had chia seeds but somehow bugs found home in my container (same thing happened for hemp and flax)

  • Sofia Alleyne

    Oh Great!!
    5 Reasons to Choose Chia Seeds really informative.
    http://www.discountpleasurecentre.com.au

  • Katie Kinney

    I love Tone It Up & Lauren. So glad you guys are collaborating! I’ll be sure to pick up some chia seeds the next time I go grocery shopping! Xo

  • Dana Ivy

    I feel like EVERYONE is buzzing about the amazingness that is Chia Seeds lately! Thanks for the post :)

    Xo
    Dana Ivy
    http://www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog!

  • Maria Hernandez

    Omg! my parents drink chia before every meal im so going to start! :)

  • Raven Locks

    I love chia seeds! I have them every day, at every meal. I mix them in my water :) They give water a nice subtle taste.

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • KG

    I love chia seeds! I mix them into my oatmeal every morning.

  • Bunny Golightly

    They gel chia seed form when you add water even cleanses out your body from toxins.
    Here some more info on chia seeds:

    http://purepowerpanda.blogspot.de/2013/02/super-seed-super-food.html

    and a lovley breakfast smoothie recipie with chia seeds:

    http://purepowerpanda.blogspot.de/2013/05/chia-breakfast-smoothie.html

    and something I like to call Pure Power Balls, basically a healthy junk food with chia seeds:

    http://purepowerpanda.blogspot.de/2013/03/healthy-junk-food-how-to-make-pure.html

    Enjoy! ^^

  • Bunny Golightly

    What a great tip! I’m going to soak mine in some almond milk right away!
    Can’t wait to try, thanks! ^^

  • UUNsoerjadi santoso

    This is very good for our health ,,,,,,

  • KelseyMarieR

    This is seriously so amazing! I would have never of known this without Lauren Conrad’s blog!
    BLOGLOVIN’ = http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7888125
    MY BLOG = http://www.kelseymarier.com/

  • tomlevine1

    Fantastic! Love the heart chia seeds pic, and touting all the awesome benefits of chia!!! Added a link to your article on my blog post, and used chia seeds to make a fabulous chocolate peanut butter walnut pudding! Yum and healthful. Thanks again, Sincerely, Tom

    http://tomlevine1.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/healthy-chocolate-peanut-butter-pudding-with-walnuts/

  • Linn

    Thanks for this post! Ever since I eat these lovely tiny seeds every morning during breakfast.

  • ruby skye

    you can purchase chia seeds at Costco!

  • JANET WINSLET

    wow , i have them but i have never thought them so good.

  • sunsets829

    Wow, I never realized how good these are for you! I will definitely start using them from now on! Just not sure how to incorporate them into my recipes, but I’m sure I’ll figure out something. :)

  • Nour Ghaddar

    How much chia seeds on oatmeal for example ? :)))

  • Lena Ameri

    I love chia seeds! I put it on my yogurt or in my smoothie every morning!!

    check out this protein packed pancake and muffin recipe I developed. It has chia seeds along with a whole slew of awesome for you ingredients!
    http://www.liveitmag.com/protein-packed-pancakes-and-muffins/

  • Lena Ameri

    2 tablespoons-3/4 of a cup :)

  • Lena Ameri

    I usually put it in my yogurt or in my smoothies, but check out this protein packed pancake and muffin recipe I came up. It has chia seeds and a whole bunch of other super healthy ingredients: http://www.liveitmag.com/protein-packed-pancakes-and-muffins/ Let me know what you think! :)

  • Kate Noto

    I wonder where you can buy them?

    • rachel

      i bought some at costco. theyre organic too

    • Nappy

      You can buy them at Trader Joes.

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  • Dennis

    How is it that we are just “discovering” foods like chia seeds that have been around for hundreds of years? What other foods are out there are we have not rediscovered for their health benefit?

    My daughter and I have just converted to a plant based diet and it was so much easier than I had imagined. We are loving it and experimenting with chia seeds in our eating plan. Also, I never thought that tofu would be a part of my weekly shopping list!

    Dennis
    http://olympiaseoservices.com

  • http://www.justryitjustina.com/ Justina Spencer

    I loooove putting Chia seeds in my breakfast smoothies.

  • angie

    In mexico its really common to put them in lemonade!

  • Happy Healthy Girl

    Thank you for such great tips =) i always add chia seeds in my green smoothies and in my oatmeals i just love the taste of it
    And no doubt they are helpful in body detox
    http://www.stayhappynhealthy.com

  • Raven Locks

    Love chia seeds! They’re amazing and SO good for you.

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • Melanie

    Making chia seed pudding is such a breeze, and it works as a great breakfast, post-workout snack, or a dessert for those of us watching our sugar intake :)

  • tanmoy basu

    Hi,

    I use this product last couple of month. It is quite good. You
    may use this product.

    http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Chia-Seeds-1-Pound/dp/B00I14D2UM/

    Thank you.

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