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the benefits of chia seeds

18th January 2016 by Jess

Our nutritionist won’t stop talking about these little super seeds! Packed with nutrients, they’re perfect for experimenting in the kitchen, especially in vegan recipes.

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Originating from Southern Mexico, chia is a flowering plant in the mint family, grown for it’s extremely nutritious seeds. Chances are you’ve heard of the most popular superfood in town, and we’re here to help you make the most out of them.

Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 and 6, protein, fibre and key minerals.

Just one tablespoon of these super seeds is an immediate nutritional boost, providing you with 4g of fibre, 3g of protein and more than a third of your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are also source of selenium, an essential mineral which contributes to the normal function of the immune system, and phosphorus which is needed for healthy bones and teeth.

You can add these seeds into smoothies, soak them overnight in almond milk and cinnamon to make chia seed puddings and use them in desserts or homemade breads in place of egg to bind ingredients together.

A very versatile little seed to have in your cupboard.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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