In this blog post, we discuss the health benefits of adding chia seeds to smoothies and include our Chia Strawberry, Banana, and Mango Smoothie recipe.
5 Top Health Benefits of Adding Chia Seeds to Smoothies
1. Chia Seeds for Weight Loss
Chia Seeds are known to contain high levels of protein, but they don’t contain the cholesterol that animal fats contain.
Another reason chia seeds are perfect for weight loss is because of their fiber content.
Fiber helps your body get rid of wastes and harmful plaques that slow digestion and make it more difficult for your body to absorb nutrients.
Also eating fiber results in feeling fuller for a longer period of time and thus you will be less likely to overeat.
The seeds are low in calories which makes this an excellent addition to smoothies if you are trying to take off weight.
2. Better Digestion
The next benefit is improved digestion, both with regard to bowel movements as well as regulating your system. This again has its roots in these high levels of fiber.
Chia seeds can also work well to ease constipation. This is due to the gel-like consistency when they absorb water which can help to keep stools moister with good formation so they are easier to pass.
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3. Amazing Long-Term Energy
Chia seeds are a source of amazing long-term energy. They provide an energy boost because they are a high source of Omega-fatty acids which help the body maintain sustained energy levels for longer periods of time.
4. High Amounts of Iron and Calcium
Another really interesting thing about chia seeds is that they contain over 25% of the iron that you need in a day and over 15% of calcium.
This means that you can feel confident that you’ll gain much of the other meds for calcium and iron if you eat normal portions of fruits and vegetables in a day.
5. They Add Texture To Your Drink
There’s nothing more pleasing than that full-bodied feeling of satisfaction from a great healthy drink. Chia seeds add body and a pleasing texture to whatever you pour them into.
When you first add them, they will add a pleasing and subtle crunchy grit to your drinks. If the seeds soak for a period of time, they become soft and make the drink more filling, so even this additive has a few options!
The Bottom Line
Chia seeds are a great addition to any smoothie. They're packed with fiber and protein which can help lose weight faster than you would without them. It also helps digestion as well as regulating your system. So what are you waiting for? Try our Chia, Strawberry, Banana, and Mango next! 🙂
Chia, Strawberry, Banana, Mango Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberry, banana, mango blend
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/8 tsp chia seed
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine strawberry, banana, mango blend, almond milk, chia, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve.