Myprotein Organic Chia Seeds have so many health benefits that are essential for endurance athletes who are training hard. They are one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition, documented to have been eaten by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans as early as 3500BC and even used for medicinal purposes.
If you’ve ever read “Born to run” by Christopher McDougall you’ll have heard of the legendary Tarahumara tribe. They are famed to use Chia seeds with lime juice as the sole source of fuel for regular ultra marathon. Personally, I like to use Myprotein Organic Chia Seeds post workout given the benefits I list below.
They’re a powerhouse addition to anybody’s diet. Rich in nutrients and easy to use, they can be eaten raw, soaked in citrus juice, added to porridge, puddings, yogurt, baked goods and even included in your smoothies.
Top reasons as a runner to include chia in your diet:
- Boost your immune system – They are rich in Antioxidants.
- Increase absorption of essential nutrients – They’re good for your digestive system
- Build new tissue post workout – Chia seeds are a great source of plant protein.
- Protect against bone injury – Chia seeds support healthy bones with their high calcium content.
- Live clean – They help to detoxify the body.
- Look good on the start line – They’re a natural beauty food.
- Strengthen your heart – Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 ALA.
Check out my favourite pudding using these little gems…
Ingredients (makes one pudding)
- Splash of Milk (use diary or any alternative, I prefer coconut)
- 2 tbsp yoghurt (again, I prefer coconut)
- 2 tbsp Myprotein Organic Chia Seeds
- Small handful of berries
- Sprinkle of granola
- Mix the milk, yoghurt and chia seeds in a pot.
- Mix in the berries
- Store in the fridge for 3-4 hours. The chia seeds will release a gel, setting the mixture together
- Sprinkle with granola and a few more berries