Daily Dose of Coach #167: Why Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are included in the breakfast smoothie I tell people to try. The other ingredients are almond milk, spinach or kale, protein powder, a banana and mixed berries.

There are many different types of good fats you can add to your smoothie, but I like Chia seeds because of their dense nutritional value. One of my clients recently asked, "I love the smoothie, but why Chia seeds?" My initial answer was, "high nutritional value and a great source of good fat." But here's a better explanation.

  1. Chia Seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. These help reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. If you don't take and omega-3 supplement, Chia seeds are a good option. There are about 5 grams per 2-tablespoon serving of Chia seeds.
  2. Chia seeds contain fiber. In fact, one serving equals 7g or fiber. Fiber does everything from reducing cholesterol to improving digestion.
  3. Chia seeds are a good source of Calcium. Calcium is great for bones, teeth, muscle contractions and the reduction of osteoperosis, especially in women.

These small seeds are a great way to top off your morning smoothie. They can also be added to oatmeal, soups, sauces or even ground up and put into baked goods. You can get them at most grocery stores and all health food stores.