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In partnership with FaveHealthyRecipes, I have been making a lot of low carb puddings recently from Chia seeds from banana to cherry for me to chocolate for my wife. Chia seeds have some definite health benefits and also work well in thickening sauces. Here are some of the health benefits of chia seeds:
** Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
** Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
** Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
** Reduce your blood pressure: There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
** Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
** Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
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1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp Splenda, or liquid equivalent
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Makes 1 Serving.
Nutrition Info per serving (4 oz):
116 Calories, 6.4g Fat, 10.5g Total Carbs (6.8g Fiber) , 3.7g Protein