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General – May 10, 2013

Powerful ingredient: Chia Seeds

By Neka Pasquale, Founder of Urban Remedy

Chia seeds are one of our favorite superfoods! We mix antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory chia into our Warrior juice to bring a powerful nutrition-rich punch to your cleanse.

chia seed used in juice

The word chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and Aztec warriors relied on chia seeds to boost energy and increase stamina.

Chia seeds are full of nutrition. They have healthy omega-3 fatty oils, easily digestible protein and antioxidants that may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia and celiac disease. The seeds also have 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium.

Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t have to be ground, and they don’t go rancid the way flax does.

Chia will keep you full longer and prevent you from overeating. But be warned: Eat no more than a maximum one ounce per day—since chia is very high in fiber, overly large amounts can cause an upset stomach.

As a dietary supplement, chia seeds can be used as a topping, put into smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt, made into a gelatin substance, or consumed raw. Partly because there is no perceptible shell, adding chia seeds shouldn’t affect the taste.

Chia is fantastic for kids too. Without changing the way food tastes, it gives some crunch and a ton of added nutrition. Consider tossing a bit of chia into pancake or waffle mix for more texture and better health.

This flexibility is what makes chia such a winning superfood. Whether it’s made into pudding or used as an egg substitute for vegans, chia can deliver the same benefits you’d get from simply tossing a teaspoon into yogurt, oatmeal, or a smoothie. Try two of our favorite chia recipes: Butternut Chia Pudding and Chia Pudding Parfait.

What are your favorite ways to use chia seeds?

Haven’t tried them yet? We toss them in our Warrior juice to give you a nutrient boost.

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