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LIVING MODERATELY by Renee’ Jones

Chi Chi Chi Chia Seeds not the pet

Are you looking in the mirror saying to yourself, “I have got to do something about this increasing waistline!”

Well, guess what! The Chia Seed can help!

Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a species of flowering plant in the mint family cultivated for their seeds and their huge nutritional profile. These little seeds are known as a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. Filled with positive health effects, they are a great diet aid; boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol. Based on these benefits, they aid with Diabetes, slowing digestion and preventing sugar spikes, which also results in the Fight of Belly Fat! Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar fights insulin increase, which is tied to an increase in dreaded belly fat.

How do you add them to your diet? The easiest way is to add it to everything and anything, The seeds are tasteless so they won’t affect the flavor of your food, which makes them easy to integrate into your meals. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added milled to smoothies. Some people even add them to ice cream. I say, try flourless pancakes made with Oatmeal and ofcourse, Chi Chi Chi Chia Seeds! Two medium sized pancakes fill me up and I don’t even want to snack before the lunch hour. You can google for various recipes of pancake recipes. Enjoy!

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