Chia seeds are a staple of the plant-based diet— and have grown on my over the years. Last year I read the book Born to Run and became hooked on chia seeds. I add them to most smoothies and bring them on long trail run as an Agua Fresca drink recipe.
Chia seeds are one of the best sources of protein, minerals, and electrolytes available. When combined, these three are a powerhouse that maximizes your workout results, which is why I love making a chia seed smoothie.
Bottom line: chia seeds make an excellent fitness buddy.
Chia seed smoothie recipe maximizes results
First off, chia seeds are a great source of protein, which is essential for putting on lean muscle. Protein helps repair muscle tissue quickly, working to make you stronger after every workout. Protein also burns fat. When you're body is burning fat, it's not burning the muscle that you're working so hard for 😉 The protein in chia seeds also makes them super filling, which helps eliminate unnecessary snacking and lowers calorie intake.
A workout can deplete the stored minerals that the body needs. Chia seeds are perfect for a post-workout smoothie because they help replenish the minerals that were depleted while exercising. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and niacin are all found in abundance in chia seeds.
Chia Seeds in Smoothies Reduce Hunger
One of these minerals is exceptionally good at promoting weight loss. The zinc that chia seeds contain increases the production of leptin, a key hormone for reducing appetite and regulating energy levels. Leptin also improves stamina and endurance so that you are at your best during a workout.
Besides offering crazy amounts of protein and minerals, chia seeds work hard to keep you hydrated. Chia seeds have the unique ability to absorb up to 10 times their weight in water. Staying hydrated is essential for weight loss. It also prevents injuries, like cramping, during a workout. The extra water also serves as an electrolyte because of the absorbed nutrients. This is great news if you usually like to reach for high-calorie sports drinks for an electrolyte boost. The added water and electrolytes of chia seeds work to slow digestion and reduce sugar cravings. Can I get an amen?!
Chia seeds are the perfect nutrient if you're trying to get in shape or lose weight. The protein the seeds contain helps to maximize the results of your workout. They also reduce cravings by keeping you feeling full and producing more leptin. The minerals chia seeds contain replenish the body after exercising. As an added bonus, they also keep you hydrated. Try the Morning Sunshine Chia seed Smoothie to make the most of your workout or to encourage weight loss.
Morning Sunshine Chia Seed Smoothie
Morning Sunshine is an awesome chia seed smoothie recipe with citrus powerhouses— pineapple and oranges. Chia seeds add protein and minerals that make it a perfect weight loss and muscle building smoothie.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup water
- 2 oranges peeled
- 1 cup pineapple
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Blend spinach, water, and oranges together until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
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