Chia Seeds - A Protein Resource

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I am glad chia seeds are popular and easily available these days, because they are a perfect protein resource for Plant Powered People. Their highly nutritious qualities are a favorite for Plant Powered People.

Chia seeds are high in protein and they are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids our bodies cannot make - for their size they pack a big punch. Just two tablespoons provide you with 4 grams of protein!

(You can calculate your protein intake recommendations using this calculator.)

Other nutrients in two tablespoons of chia seeds include 9 grams fat, 11 grams fiber, 12 grams carbohydrates, 139 calories, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin C, and zinc.

In their raw form chia seeds are little black seeds that look a bit like bugs (!), and when soaked in water they expand, holding the water and looking more like tiny black pearls. Highly absorbant, they hold lots of water to help you hydrate and stay hydrated, especially when you exercise. Staying hydrated helps preserve your electrolyte balance when you exercise, which is another benefit.

A couple tablespoons of chia seeds soaked in a quarter to half a cup of water softens and hydrates them, ready to add to a smoothie or juice drink. They can also be sprinkled raw on a salad or any fruit or veggie (raw or cooked), plant based yogurt, or pretty much any dish. And there are many products that include chia seeds, from chia drinks to cereal to breads. Any way you can eat them, you get mega nutrition.

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