Both chia seeds and flax seeds are becoming popular among foodies everywhere. Okay, so you hear that chia and flax seeds are good for you and can be added into your diet, but do you know just how good they actually are for your body? Chia seeds and flax seeds offer many awesome health benefits you would never even think of, and both seeds are easy to make part of your everyday life.

Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds do more for your body than you’d ever even imagine. Here are just a few of the amazing health benefits of chia seeds:

– contains three times more iron than spinach

– contains five times more calcium than milk

– contains three times the antioxidant strength of blueberries

– contains twice the potassium of bananas

In addition to these healthy benefits, chia seeds also provide energy, helps regulate your digestive system, and induces weight loss. Try sprinkling chia seeds on top of your yogurt in the morning for some added texture. You could also use chia seeds in many recipes. Try adding chia seeds to your favorite smoothies, milk shakes, or pancake recipes. You could sprinkle chis seeds on top of salads, apple slices, or other snacks.

Flax Seeds

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Flax seed is incredibly versatile and can be used in the form of seeds, oil, or flax meal. Flax, much like chia seeds have a ton of amazing health benefits. Some of the great benefits of flax seed are:

– awesome source of omega 3s

– induces weight loss

– is rich in antioxidants

– great source of fiber

– supports healthy digestive system

You can use flaxseed oil for cooking to help get some of the benefits of flax seed. Flax oil is great for salad dressing or drizzled over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with some balsamic vinegar. You could also use flax meal for baking. I find that flax sometimes has a nutty flavor, but it lends itself really well to a lot of baking recipes. You could use flax seeds the same way you would use chia seeds sprinkled on top of yogurt, salads, fruit, cottage cheese, or any of your favorite breakfast dishes. You could also use flax in homemade granola recipes or mixed in to your favorite smoothies.

Do you use flax or chia seeds?

Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.