1. Along with containing 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, Chia seeds also contain 2.5 grams of protein in this small serving size. This adds up when you consume several tablespoons a day, as I do.
2. Chia seeds contain 2,375 mg of healthy Omega-3 fats in every tablespoon as well. This is a type of fat that many Americans are deficient in. Americans consume too much Omega-6 fat and very little Omega-3 fat. Just a tablespoon of Chia seeds daily can provide all of the benefits of these healthy fats, which includes lowered blood pressure, a healthier brain and a more stable mood. You can throw out the disgusting-tasting fish oil pills when you are consuming Chia seeds daily.
3. Chia seeds also contain no digestible carbohydrates, so they are great for those who are on a lower-carb diet.
4. A healthy serving of Chia seeds also provides your body with quality calcium and other minerals, along with antioxidants.
What I like to do with my Chia seeds is stir a tablespoon into my daily yogurt. They add a nice crunchiness to it. I also have a Chia shake that I consume nightly, that tastes much like a milkshake:
2-3 tablespoons of Chia seeds
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 packets of splenda
Mix all of the above ingredients in a glass or mug and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Stir and drink. Yum!