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Friday, January 30, 2015

Adding Fiber and Omega-3 to Our Diets with Chia Seeds

January 1st, 2015 marked the first day on a new healthy diet journey for my husband and me. Since the first of the year we have cut out a lot of fat, preservatives and other things from our diet that most feel are unhealthy. We've increased our intake of fresh fruits and juices and have been limiting the processed foods.

Recently we've been reading a lot of good things about adding CHIA seeds to your daily diet. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are an excellent source of Omega-3 (promotes heart health) and they are a good source of fiber (not found in fish oil). 

We received a package of the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia CHIA SEEDS to try out for all of you. They are all nautral, sodium free, gluten free, vegetarian and contain no cholesterol. They are from the makers of the famous Chia Pet and for over 30 years they've been sourcing quality Chia seeds. 

One tablespoon equals 60 calories. I am unfamiliar with using Chia Seeds but did read that you can add them to your oatmeal, cereals, muffins, breads, cakes, cupcakes and all sorts of other things. We decided to add 3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds to my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. I simply mixed them into the batter along with the other dry ingredients called for in the recipe that I used and baked as normal.

Once our muffins were done we enjoyed them with just a tad of natural honey butter melted on the top. OH MY GOSH, they were delicious. The funny thing is that NOT ONE member in my family even noticed that the Chia Seeds were in them! That's right, I was able to sneak in a healthy ingredients and they didn't even notice! I love that! 

The package recommends using 3 tablespoons in your favorite drink or smoothie but I tossed them into my muffin batter and no one was the wiser. I highly recommend you do the same! 

I am going to go out and buy some additional fresh fruits this weekend and try the Chia Seeds out in a good old-fashioned peach & banana smoothie too! YUMMY ~ I can't wait! You can learn more about Chia Seeds by visiting Chia.com

Disclosure: Shelly Hill received a complimentary pair of gloves for her review. No monetary compensation was received. Shelly's thoughts, opinions and ideas are 100% her own words and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I think that it is great to be able to add chia seeds to many baked goods and make them healthier for us without altering the taste of those baked goods. I shall be trying them soon and I am curious,to hear from you about how they worked in your smoothie.