Would You Try Chia Seeds?

Sunrise Senior Living  |  July 11, 2012

You may remember them from the infectious commercials for comical house plants, but chia seeds serve a purpose beyond entertainment. These little tiny seeds actually pack a nutritional punch, and are a great addition to a healthy diet for older adults.

According to Nuts.com, chia seeds are filling, and thus can help reduce cravings. We all know that exercise is an important part of healthy senior living, and chia seeds are the perfect snack for older adults who are heading out for a workout. These seeds, when mixed with water in the stomach, form a sort of gel that can actually help you stay hydrated, making your workout safer and easier.

The benefits don't end there, however. The website reports that chia seeds contain brain-boosting omega-3s, and they can help those with diabetes control their blood sugar.

The question is, how does one go about eating these nutritious seeds? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests sprinkling chia seeds on top of some of your favorite foods, such as yogurt, oatmeal, salad or rice. They can also be blended into baked goods before you pop them in the oven, or added to a smoothie for a healthy breakfast.