using chia seeds to steady blood sugar levels

Using chia seeds to steady blood sugar

Blood sugar like this…er no thanks!

Getting yourself good with sugar is really quite simple if you think of it as roller coaster. Save the adrenaline for the real thing at the theme park and turn your own blood sugar big dipper into a tame, flat, steady ride, that is so boring you completely forget you’re event on it. Haunted house anyone?

Anything that helps stop a sudden surge of carbohydrate or sugar into your system will facilitate this steady flow of blood sugar and potentially stop sugar cravings or a sudden carbohydrate need later on.

Enter the use of chia seeds.

This is a close up picture, they really are the size of poppy seeds

These tiny black specs that somewhat resemble poppy seeds come from a South American plant related to the mint family. When added to water they form a kind of gel, which in the stomach slows everything down, including sugar absorption from carbohydrates. The fibre in chia seeds also means everything ticks along through the system nicely if you know what I mean.

What’s more, chia seeds are ridiculously nutrient dense. Aussie blogger Sarah Wilson outlines the following benefits which puts things nicely into perspective:

 

  • 8 x more Omega-3 essential fatty acids than salmon
  • 7 x more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 6 x more fibre than oat bran
  • 5 x more calcium than milk
  • 4 x higher antioxidants than blueberries
  • 3 x more iron than spinach
  • 2 x more potassium than bananas
  • 15 x more magnesium than broccoli
  • 18 amino acids
  • Vitamin A and B12
  • Complete protein (23%)

Using Chia Seeds

So what on earth should you do with them? (I did also wonder this when I came home with a packet full of good intentions). You can…

  1. Add a teaspoon in the morning to your breakfast cereal, yoghurt, porridge or anything really.
  2. Sprinkle on salads, soups, cheese on toast….you name it.
  3. Use in baking (but you will need to add some water to compensate)

This weekend I tried an adapted version of a quick easy chia seed pudding from Sarah Wilson’s cookbook. Check out how they turned out here.

Chia seeds are somewhat on the pricy side but my nice friends at Go For Life, a new super food online store have kindly donated a bag of chia seeds and some coconut oil for the first Happy Sugar Habits Giveaway. You can also get 10% off the Go For Life Online store using the promotional code happysugarhabit10.

Oh and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already to the Happy Sugar Habits weekly e-mail that drip feeds you little sugar busting tips one by one!

Now off to fill myself up with some chia goodness….Have you heard of chia seeds before? I know they are popular with other health bloggers but most of my friends aren’t frequent users so I see it my role to spread the goodness. Any good tips or recipes to share?