Ever since I got diagnosed with high cholesterol, I became very careful with food and researched on healthier alternatives that would be easy on the budget and that my family will also like. I read this article on Medical News Today about chia seeds. So, I went to the grocery and bought a small pack of chia seeds along with oatmeal and plain yogurt. I was really serious about getting into a low cholesterol diet.
How Chia Seeds Can Benefit Your Low Cholesterol Diet
One of the best benefits of chia seeds is that it is effective in lowering cholesterol. Chia seeds are the classic example of “small but terrible (in a positive sense).” Chia seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart. This means that they can help lower LDL or bad cholesterol and raise HDL or good cholesterol. Just an ounce of chia seeds everyday helps reduce the risks of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Chia seeds are also rich in fiber which helps aid the body in detoxification. Some people also report that they feel full longer after consuming chia seeds because chia seeds expand in the body. Be careful in consuming them though, make sure you soak them in liquid for at least an hour because they can lead to choking. Since they expand, they may block your esophagus.
Including the Super Seeds in my Daily Low Cholesterol Diet
One of the easiest recipes with chia seeds is overnight oats. I just mix together a teaspoon of chia seeds and 1 cup of oats in water and place them in the fridge overnight. The next day, I just microwave it and have it for breakfast. Perfect with some bananas or fresh fruits, too!
Here’s another simple recipe that you can make with chia seeds: Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Fruits. Check it out and share them with your friends!
Don’t forget to leave us a comment one you’ve tried it or if you have other suggestions.
Chia Seeds Pudding
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk or nonfat milk
- honey or stevia sweetener
- fresh fruits such as berries or bananas
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Mix well and let it stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
- After that, mix well or shake until there are no clumps.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Add fresh fruits before eating.