As a runner, I have become addicted to the hydrating and nourishing benefits of incorporating Chia Seeds into my diet. Whether I toss them in my smoothies, in my water bottle, in my baking or cooking recipes, they always enhance the texture, taste and satiating effects of anything I eat.
Chia is also packed with Omega 3's which research demonstrates, significantly helps to elevate mood, especially for those suffering from mood disorders. For instance, in one study, a group of individuals struggling with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia seeds reduced their symptoms of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds, have been proven to increase brain function and helps keep you feeling full longer. Add in pumpkin which is very in season and nutrient dense, Pumpkin Spiced Chia Seed Pudding is a perfect tasty blood sugar balancing, mood enhancing breakfast or snack option for everyday nutrition! Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
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