CHIA seeds for the win!! Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family 🌿. Chia seeds were used often by the Mayans and Aztecs, as they pack a huge nutritional punch in a relatively small package. It is said they were known for boosts of energy. Why eat chia seeds, you ask? #1 reason: FIBER. Most people don’t even come close to consuming their recommended daily intake of fiber. How much fiber should you (approximately) consume? Drumroll, please....
1-3 year olds = 19g/day
4-8 year olds = 25g/day
9+ females = 26g +/day
9+ males = 35+g/day
Honestly, I think females need just as much fiber as men or more, as females tend to have more issues with constipation. DON’T FORGET TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER with increased fiber intake! 💦
••• Chia seeds also provide manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and a number of B vitamins, among others
••• 2 Tbsp provides about 140 calories, 9g fat (mostly polyunsaturated), 4g protein, 12g carbohydrate of which 11 grams are fiber 🙌Oh, and don’t forget about the amazing heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant power you’ll be getting when you eat chia seeds, too! Add to cereals, smoothies, yogurt, muffins and other baked products, and more. They can even be used as an egg substitute in some recipes ✨