Monday, August 13, 2012


Since I got back in town, I decided to try out a new fitness craze - chia seeds. Every so often a food comes along (i.e. kale, quinoa, flax seeds, pomegranate juice, sweet potatoes) and is reintroduced and celebrated for its remarkable nutrition. Chia seeds are the new flax and boy are they fantastic!!

I got mine from  Trader Joe's

photo courtesy of the TJ's blog
According to the Tone It Up website Chia seeds have a lot going for them:

"Omega 3 fatty acids - Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning that you need to get from food sources because your body cannot produce them itself. Omega 3s reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. They’re also said to help with weight reduction related to their regulation of blood sugar levels and insulin.
  • Plant-based protein - Protein is an essential macronutrient needed for many functions in the body, including muscle building.
  • Antioxidants - Antioxidants help rid our body of free radicals, which have been linked to cancer and heart disease.
  • Fiber – Helps with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, prevents constipation and enhances regularity.
  • Magnesium and Potassium – Two minerals needed for good health"

To read more go here.

Tone It Up suggests Chia Breakfast Pudding and Chia Fresca (a chilled drink). You can get both of those recipes here.

They tasted even better than they look! You should try out some Chia seeds!