What Are the Health Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds?

Why Eat Chia Seeds
Why Eat Chia Seeds

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and tradition has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flax seeds which need to be ground first). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. If made a regular part of a healthy diet, the anti-inflammatory properties of these little seeds have been proven in studies to reduce swelling throughout the body, as also reported in the most recent Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Add these seeds to smoothies, yogurt, cookie recipes, etc, or soak and eat them with fresh fruit and cinnamon for a wonderful breakfast or snack option. Learn about the Anti-inflammatory & Health Benefits of Chia Seeds here

Here’s a simple blueberry cinnamon chia pudding to get you started:

  • 2-3 tbsp. chia seeds (white or black)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup optional for sweetness

Instructions: Let sit for 3-5 minutes and enjoy. You can pack this pudding in a jar to go if you’re a busy bee.

Do you enjoy eating chia seeds? Why or why not?

Chelsea Goodrich

Chelsea has worked as part of the Young and Raw team as a Holistic Health Coach and Customer Support Rawkstar. After a life-long fascination with natural health she made the transition to a high raw, plant based diet about five years ago, and found this helped her gain relief of periodic chronic migraines, fatigue, and sleep problems. Her overall energy and mood was elevated, and her problematic skin improved dramatically. This experience deepened her interest in natural health studies and led her to attend and graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. Chelsea has also completed a health program through The Hippocrates Health Institute, a Raw Food Chef certification through The Graff Academy, and a Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Hot Yoga Doctor in 2012. She is now pursuing a master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, and living her dreams in Santa Monica, California. You can contact her at healthgenie@live.com.