Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “oh here we go again, another superfood”. Here me out. Chia seeds changed my life. Now I know you’re probably wondering how that’s even possible. Some of you are probably thinking “chia…like chia pets?” Yup. That’s them. Chia seeds are #blessed. They’ve been a part of my diet for almost three years now, but I started noticing changes in my body within the month. So here’s 5 reasons you should add chia seeds to your diet.
Chia seeds make you full
You probably didn’t know this but chia seeds expand when they’re soaked. A jelly forms around the seed and they clump together. I’m not going to lie to you, they aren’t easy to swallow at first because it isn’t the best texture. Once you get past the jelly clumps, you will find that you’re less hungry when you start eating them. Add them to your usual meals and you’ll be full for longer.
Chia seeds help you poop
I know some of us try to deny this, but we all poop. And yes, I do too *gasp*. For a long time, I actually wasn’t able to. So I tried a ton of different things, prunes, Metamucil, you name it. Then I heard about the amount of fiber a single tablespoon of chia seeds has (a whopping 5g) and figured I would give them a try, and guess what? It was the best decision I have ever made. Ever since I started eating them, I have had zero problems and I no longer feel bloated and backed up. I promise, if you can’t poop, chia seeds are the answer to your prayers. I noticed changes within 3 days of eating them.
Chia seeds help you reduce your belly fat
Since these little guys help you poop, you’re no longer backed up. The most important thing to remember is to drink a lot of water. Not only is water good for you, but it helps moves things along. I swear, my old jeans fit again and I was more confident in crop tops. Chia seeds are *magical*.
Chia seeds are a good source of protein
Whether you’re a carnivore or a vegetarian, chia seeds are a great source of protein. We all need protein in our lives, and chia seeds contain 3g of protein in every tablespoon. Personally, I’m a vegetarian and I know that in one day, chia seeds guarantee 18g of protein in my diet. Chia seeds are a great substitute because you can add them to anything and you don’t have to cook them.
Chia seeds are super versatile
Just like Frank’s Hot Sauce, you can put this sh*t on everything. Smoothies, soups, stews, cereals, toast, you name it. You can grind them or leave them as is, and they will add some extra goodness to anything you are eating. The easiest way to have them is to mix them in water and let them soak for 5 minutes. I usually do this when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to have breakfast. The longer they soak, the better. Just make sure you keep stirring them.
Chia seeds aren’t cheap, but I promise you that they’re worth every penny. I swear by them and highly recommend them to everyone. I noticed a change in my body within three days. It’s been three years now and I feel great and love the changes that have come from including them in my diet. My hair and nails have grown faster and stronger, and my iron and blood sugar levels are finally normal. Chia seeds are awesome. I challenge you to add chia seeds to your diet for a month. Let me know happens in the comment section below!
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