With the holidays around the corner, shedding a few pounds may be on your agenda, along with new ways to increase energy. The hunt is on for that nutrient-dense food that energizes, and helps shed a few pounds. Chia Seeds is my latest discovery, and after a few weeks of use – this tiny seed gets an A++.
While the Chia Seed is trending in the natural foods space, this tiny nutty flavored seed is not new; it has been traced back to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and was considered a super food in ancient times. It is traditionally soaked or cooked in liquid rather than eating dry, and a little goes a long way.
This tiny wholegrain gluten free seed caught my attention because of its amazing nutritional profile; Cobblestone is all about creating great tasting functional vegan & gluten free foods that are packed with nutritional benefits. One ounce of Chia Seeds has ten grams of Fiber, five grams of Protein, and has more Omega-3s than salmon (1).
“Fiber intake is inversely associated with body weight and body fat…. the addition of dietary fiber generally decreases food intake and, hence, body weight” (2).
Protein plays a role in a large range of functions in the body to include making red blood cells that carries oxygen through the body, building muscle, and immune system support (3).
Omega-3s supports healthy heart function, reduces inflammation, and improves cholesterol levels (4).
This low-calorie nutrient-dense powerhouse food swells when wet, which makes it a great substitute for gluten. These seeds are a rich source of antioxidants, and are high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, E and K (5).
So if you were wondering what’s new at Cobblestone, you’ve got it, Chia Seeds. Our Panang Vegetable soup is made with Chia seeds along with other great ingredients; order it on-line or swing by Jimbos or Cream of the Crop (in San Diego County). As always, we would love to know what you think – share your comments on cobblestonesoup.com.