posted on 16/05/2013 1:40:00 PM
Chia seeds are good for your waistline, workout and wallet.
By Tiffani Bachus, RD photography Maya Visnyei
Small and crunchy chia seeds deliver a big bite of benefits for active women, particularly if fat loss is your prerogative. By simply sprinkling some onto your clean meals, such as oatmeal, shakes, yogurt or muffins, you’ll be helping your body achieve a number of fit-body goals. Just check out what these tiny but mighty versatile seeds can do for you:
Promote fat loss
According to Aztec folklore, chia seeds were known as the “running food,” as messengers could reportedly run all day on just a handful. Chia’s secret? Credit their high amount of healthy fats, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. Just one tablespoon boasts 1.2 grams of ALA – that’s more healthy fat than found in the same serving of flaxseed. Fat yields nine calories per gram, so you only need a little bit of chia in your meals to boost their energising power. Chia seeds are also a good source of an endurance-boosting flavonoid called quercetin.
Try this pre-workout meal: PB and Strawberry Chia Jam Sandwich: Ready in 25 minutes • Makes 1 serving
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
8 fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1/4 tsp orange zest
1 slice wholegrain bread
1 tbsp raw natural peanut butter or almond butter
Source Url: http://www.oxygenmag.com.au/Health/tabid/621/entryid/940/All-Day-Energy.aspx