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The Many Benefits and Convenient Ways to use CHIA SEEDS (Great for HCG Diet Phase III)

May 14, 2014
Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!  A little seed with a powerful punch
Ch-ch-ch-CHIA! A little seed with a powerful punch

Chia Seeds are a Wonderful Addition to a healthy Diet - Phase III HCG Diet Recommended

 

The word Chia actually means "strength" and it is no surprise that though history this little seed has been known to add energy and endurance to those who used them.  They have been known throughout the years to boost energy and increase endurance for runners.  In my own practice, I encourage my weight loss patients to use the seeds as an appetite supressant by making "chia water" and drinking it throughout the day.  Chia seeds absorb quite a bit of water and make a gelatenous substance that can slow down carbohydrate conversion to sugar in the digestive system.  I love introducing our patients on phase III of the HCG Diet to Chia seeds!!

 

Some Simple Home Uses for Chia Seeds (Phase III HCG Diet Friendly)

 

  • Chia Pudding -- This is one of my favorite ways to use the Chia seeds. Easy, delicious and power packed.  This can be a snack, a breakfast or even a post workout replenisher.  All you have to do is combine 1/3-1/2 cup of chia seeds (depending on how thick you like it) with 2 cups of coconut or almond milk. I also add 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract as well as some stevia drops or honey.  Keep mixing until chia seeds are well distributed throughout the liquid.  You can also make many varieties by adding cocoa powder, fruit, etc.
  • Egg Substitute --- Chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute for baking.  I find that this works best when 1-2 eggs are called for.  I also find this to be more effective when the Chia seeds are ground first.  In general, I use 1 tbsp. of ground chia to 3 tbsp pure water.  Let it gel and add to your baking.
  • Chia Energy Drink -- After a great workout, drink a mixture of  2 tbsp chia seeds in a cup of coconut water.
  • Other: I love using Chia to thicken things up.  You can grind it to a powder and add it to soup; it can be added whole to ground beef as a substitute for bread crumbs when making meat balls; you can add it to smoothies, salads, etc.  Get creative and get the benefits of the Chia Seed

Chia Seeds are known to contain 30% protein;  Vitamins - A, B, E, D; minerals -- calcium, sodium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, Silica, Iodine, Copper, Zinc, potassium & sulhur; omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.  Pack them into your diet for some added nutritional benefit!

 




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