Benefits of Chia Seeds & Kefir
A guest post from Ashley:
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve become really interested in expanding my food horizons. There are so many foods and superfoods out there that are just waiting to be eaten. Here are a couple of my new favorites…
The first superfood that I mentioned in my last entry are chia seeds. Chia seeds are a gelatinous food because of the gel like substance they become when they get wet. This helps with the digestive process and clearing out the digestive tract. They have 27 vitamins, minerals and amino acids as well as fatty acids. They also have 42% of our daily fiber intake. A good place to check them out and get more information is Nutiva.com. I’m sure after you read all of this, you have to be wondering how to incorporate these magical seeds into your diet. Well, you can pretty much mix them into anything. I usually mix it into my kefir or yogurt but I’ve also just put a serving into water and let them set a bit and just drank them down. You can put them in your juice or smoothies too. They are tasteless so the sky is the limit when it comes to consuming them.
I’ve had a bunch of people that have read my blog say to me that they haven’t heard of many of the foods that I eat. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Kefir is one of those.
Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk product. Probiotics are beneficial in helping with GI functions as well as pushing the bad bacteria out of the small intestines during the digestive process. I tend to just treat it like yogurt even though it’s thinner and drinkable and mix in muesli (whole grain granola), chia seeds and hemp seeds.
I also try to avoid a lot of sugar so I buy the plain and just add stevia or truvia to it. Add it to your smoothies or I suppose you could mix it in your juices or simply drink it to reap the benefits of this fast absorbing food (faster than yogurt).
Originally Posted on brewersorganics.com