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Guide posted by Coachbronze Phil T in Sports Nutrition

Chia seeds

Protein-packed seeds that are an excellent suppliment to your diet.  Prized by the Aztecs, these poppy-sized seeds can be added to smoothies, breakfast cereals, soups or even sprinkle them in a sandwich.  Just add them to anything and boost your nutritional intake by the following:

Per 100g:

Calories     460

Fat     30.9g     (of which saturated     3.5g)

Omega-3     18.5g

Omega-6     6g

Omega-9     2g

Carbohydrate     40g

Fibre     34.5g

Give them a try!z

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Yes! Chia is a great super food for anyone!

Santos A responded Comment

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I had them to porridge before I cook it and they swell up slightly and add a nice texture ...yum!

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I've read that people add them to their water bottles.  Can they be swallowed easily on a run?

Cynthia P responded Comment

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I heard this too & I'm sure I read somewhere it goes like a gel

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Never tried to swallow them on a run Cynthia.  They do swell up quite a bit so I'd suggest using a small amount of them at first and using a wide opening bottle rather than a sports cap.

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Hi Cynthia I use them before long runs. I mix them the night before with either orange juice or energy drink and they do turn into a gel.

I must admit that this is not a pleasure to drink but it stops me from feeling hungry for 2-3 hours into the run and I have never bonked when using them. Worth a try

Monty C responded Comment

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Very good info everyone, thanks!

Amy L responded Comment

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I take it with a glass of juice an hour to two hours before kickboxing, don't feel drained like I used to before.

Sanaa Z responded Comment

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Just as an add on to the above info, since they're protein packed, that same 100 gram serving has 16 grams of protein. 

Terry G responded Comment

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Try mix chia seed (soaked in water) with fruit and you can add cooked seaweed (you need to by a dry one in flakes) if you want. Stir soaked chia seed with seaweed.

You can do this without seaweed.

Mango and papaya go really well as wel as berries. You will get a great nutrition packed salad:)

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