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chia seeds

If you haven’t already incorporated this super-food into your arsenal, you better get on it.
I use Chia seeds in my protein shakes every morning.  Yes, also the same Chia as Chia Pets in which you grow on the head of a ceramic cat or monkey.  It is, however, also known as a running food.  For centuries, Chia seeds were used by Indians in the Southwest and Mexico.   It was used as a high energy, high endurance food source since as far back as the ancient Aztecs.  One tablespoon was believed  to have sustained them for as long as 24 hours.  Now that’s a super-food!

When I first learned about these tiny, potent seeds and their uses, I knew it would benefit me as a runner to incorporate them into my diet.  I’m sure my other training has helped me to prime the pump, but optimum nutrition goes hand in hand with that.  As a dietary supplement, 1-3 scoops (15g-45g) is suggested.

If you don’t already know, Chia is an amazing source of:

  • Omega 3 (2.7g in a 15 gram scoop)
  • antioxidants
  • calcium
  • fiber
  • protein
  • iron
  • magnesium

Its also:

  • Vegetarian (no fish oil)
  • GMP
  • HACCP
  • Gluten Free
  • Non Gmo
  • Kosher
Unlike flax seeds, they need not be ground up to make their nutrients available. Lots of ways to use them besides in your morning protein shake.  You can cook and bake with them, sprinkle on top of your meals, etc. You can’t get the amazing benefits if you don’t eat them though!
There are several brands available and you can likely even find them at your local health food store or Whole Foods market in the bulk bins.  I frequently order them online in 1.5 lb  from Drugstore.com and usually get free shipping with an order over $25 which isn’t hard to do.**For each like I receive on my Facebook page, I will attempt to do burpees consecutively at the end of this month and post results. You will also be entered for a chance to win a Free Formula 1 Healthy Meal simply by liking my page.  Sorry, US only.** I’m gonna need to eat more Chia for sure!

Go ahead, get on some high octane food.  You’re worth it.
Live healthy,
Tiffany

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