Chia Seeds For Radiant Healthy Skin

By on March 5, 2012

Do you want a simple tool in your diet that can help prevent free radical damage, inflammation, and premature aging of the skin? Oh yea!

Teeny Tiny

If you open my fridge, you will see various jars of seeds; hemp, flax, and my new love, the teeny tine chia seed.

Sprinkles

I had this darn baggie of chia seeds in my freezer for months. I bought it, knowing it was super healthy; I just didn’t know much else yet. It just sat there looking at me each time I opened the freezer door. What to do with it? I did not have a clue. So, over and over, close the door I would on that baggie of seeds. I had heard somewhere that  you used chia seeds differently than flax or hemp. Flax seeds you grind up and sprinkle on everything you can, or bake with them, or make raw crackers. Hemp seeds you also sprinkle over your food, or make hemp milk, or just eat em by the spoonful. But chia seeds…I just wasn’t sure.

Eventually, I did my research, and the baggie graduated out of the freezer and into the fridge, into two jars. A jar of dry seeds, to sprinkle, and jar of chia gel to use by the spoonful.

Nutrient Dense

Chia seeds apparently have: 

  • 3 times the anti-oxidant strength of blueberries
  • 5 times the calcium of milk, PLUS, magnesium and boron which aid in the absorption of calcium (key point)
  • 2 times the amount of potassium as a banana
  • 3 times more iron than spinach

Chia seeds are: 

  • Rich in healthy omega 3’s
  • A fabulous source of soluble fiber
  • Virtually tasteless, tasting like whatever you add them to
  • A plant based complete protein

What to do with chia seeds

  1. Replace half the butter when baking, using chia gel.
  2. Sprinkle chia seeds on your yogurt or cereal, add them to your smoothies.
  3. Try this from The Holy Kale (I love that name).
  4. Or this from Eco Diva.
  5. Or this from Vegetarian Times.

Chia Gel Recipe

Warning: My husband wants you to know that chia gel looks gross.

  • 4 T chia seeds
  • 2 C warm water

In a jar, add the seeds to the warm water. Let sit for ten minutes, stirring once or twice. That’s it! Put them in the fridge; they will last almost a week. Personally, I cut this recipe in half, or it goes bad before I can eat it.

I pretty much sprinkle chia, hemp or ground flax seeds on everything and everything to ensure I get my healthy fats, and essential fatty acids that are crucial to good health, and good skin.

Have you tried chia seeds yet? Do you have a good recipe or suggestion as to how to use them? Do share!

 

Originally posted on Style Essentials.

About Lisa D Liguori

Lisa D Liguori is founder & owner of Style Essentials, the resource for healthy beauty and a personal touch! In between consulting with clients and researching new products to share, she is an active homeschooling mama of two growing up kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Website: www.StyleEssentials.com. Connect with me: www.facebook.com/StyleEssentials www.twitter.com/LisaDLiguori

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Chia Seeds For Radiant Healthy Skin