Why you should add chia seeds into your diet

Chia seeds are one of the latest entries to the superfood category, and with good reason. Despite their small size, they pack a huge punch when it comes to finding a great source of the essential nutrients that you definitely want in your body.

Here are three reasons why you need to pick up chia seeds on your next grocery trip, and a super-easy recipe that you can make with them!

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Chia Seeds Have Tons of Nutrients & Less Calories

Chia seeds are gluten-free and packed with tons of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, protein and up to one-third of the essential vitamins and minerals that you need on a daily basis... meaning that there's probably not too many other things you could eat that do so many great things for your body without eating a huge meal that'll leave you feeling unnecessarily full and gross for the rest of the day.

They're a Low-Carb, High-Protein Alternative to Grains

Don't get me wrong, I love a good bowl of granola or oatmeal in the morning.... and for the most part, neither of them can even be categorized as "unhealthy" breakfast options at all! However, for those of us who are looking to limit their carbohydrate intake for whatever reason, chia seed pudding is a great alternative... plus it's super easy to make, promise!

Chia Seeds are Super Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

One of the biggest misconceptions about adding healthier ingredients into your diet is that adding healthy ingredients change the flavor of your food for the worse because of their strong, grassy and/or bland taste. But when it comes to chia seeds, that's definitely not the case and that's because they're totally tasteless! For this reason, I find that it makes it so much easier to add chia seeds to basically any and everything else for that extra kick of the good stuff my body needs: try adding them to your smoothies, juices, salads, baked goods... and even water!

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Simple Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk

Ingredients
1½ cup Almond Milk, sweetened
½ cup Chia Seeds (c/o Carrington Farms)
¼ cup Almonds, sliced and toasted
½ cup of any assorted Fruit of your choosing, cut into bite sizes as needed
¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract
2. Add in the chia seeds, and mix to create an even consistency
3. Cover the mixture and refrigerate overnight (preferably), or for a minimum of 3-4 hours to ensure the chia seeds reach maximum absorption
4.The next day, spoon the pudding into serving bowls, garnish each bowl with a mixture of nuts, fruit and/or granola
5. Serve and enjoy!

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