Good Stuff: Chia Seeds

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One of my favorite cleansing foods are chia seeds.  I love the nutty flavor of them and I especially love the health benefits.  Not only are they delicious, they expand up to 10 times their size and form a bulky gel that gives you that feeling of fullness.  This could be very helpful to those of us who are looking for a way to feel fuller faster.  Like many gelatinous foods, chia seeds bind to the bad things in your digestive tract and escorts them right out of your body.  What I love most about them is how convenient they are.  Here are some ways you can use them:

 

  • Sprinkle them on anything.  I do this a lot.  I toss them in with a salad, add them to a smoothie, or mix them in with yogurt.
  • Chia Shots.  This is something I do when I am in a rush.  I scoop in a teaspoon and a half of chia seeds in a small glass, add water and drink it down.  I then follow with more water and continue to drink water throughout the day.
  • Find a great recipe.  I don’t use many recipes personally, but feel free to click the link for some ideas.

I have also found that chia seeds are a gentle laxative if you are constipated.  Without being too graphic, you will have a normal, but very productive bowel movement after eating chia seeds.  In other words, you will not go running to the bathroom, but when you finally do, you will very satisfied with the results.

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