Originally launched in the late 70s, Chia Pets were these tiny terracotta pots that usually had a character for a base and a plant that would either grow as hair or fur. In reality, they were best known for their wacky jingle (Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!) and maybe used as a gag gift here and there.
Fast forward to the future, and it turns out that the Chia Pets sprouted from a super food that you should probably consider eating starting today. While the Chia Pet itself is from sprouted chia seeds, eating just the seeds is one of the best things you can do.
Create a homemade energy drink by combining coconut water and chia seeds together. Sounds crazy, right? Well, when placed in liquids, the seeds expand and turn into a gel-like substance that can be compared to the Gatorade energy gels. Plus, the coconut water ends up keeping you hydrated and provides you with necessary electrolytes and potassium. Unlike sugar filled sports drinks, this stuff’s actually good for you.
Traditional Mexican cultures even drink something called ‘Chia Fresca’ by combining water, lemon or lime and chia seeds. In fact, the word chia comes from the Mayan language and means strength. Apparently, a mere tablespoon of chia seeds can sustain a person for up to 24 hours! We don’t suggest trying this, but it is a pretty fun fact.
Looking to drop a few pounds? Start consuming chia seeds on a daily basis. As previously mentioned, chia seeds expand and form a gel that can absorb up to ten times its weight in water, which can also create a barrier that prevents some of the food you eat from being absorbed into your body. Furthermore, chia seeds are packed with fiber. These attributes combine to help reduce food cravings, keep you feeling full longer and promotes lean muscle mass.
In addition, chia seeds help slow the digestion process down and can help prevent blood sugar spikes. As a potential treatment for type two diabetes, chia seeds are being studied as a natural way to combat insulin resistance and reduce blood pressure.
Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not need to be ground up to enjoy their full health benefits. Plus, as the richest plant source of Omega-3s, chia seeds help with inflammation, arthritis and heart disease.
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