From the Wellness Team: Wellness Wednesday Nutrition Tip – Chia Seeds
Cheers for Chia Seeds
Consuming chia seeds is becoming more and more popular due to this plant’s variety of nutritional benefits. Chia seeds are known for packing a punch with high omega-3 fatty acid and fiber content. When exposed to liquids, these miniscule particles will turn into a gel-like mixture and can absorb up to 12 times their weight. Eating chia seeds promotes optimal digestion and leads to higher satiety, meaning the stomach feels full for a longer period of time. This fiber source can aid in improving heart health through the reduction of cholesterol levels, as well as benefitting the intestines.
Pick up a bag of chia seeds at the grocery store during your next visit and try adding them to a yogurt bowl, oatmeal, or a smoothie for an increase in fiber. You might even add the seeds into baked good recipes or try making a chia seed pudding.