chiaheartCha cha cha CHIA. I love these little guys.

These seeds are so jam-packed full of goodness, I have listed 13 reasons why you MUST start including them in your diet. These gems are nothing short of a miracle:

1. Chia is gluten free 2. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues. 3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!!! 4. It boasts 20% protein 5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids 6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries) 7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk 8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges 9. It contains three times more iron than spinach 10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana 11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails - BEAUTY food! 12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics) 13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.

My favorite way to incorporate them into my diet is in smoothies (make sure to soak them before hand so they are easier to digest as they expand) and chia pudding...which I will share my recipe for in a few days. So if you don't have them yet, go and get some so when I post my recipe you will be set and ready to cha cha cha!