Chai. The first time I had anything chai was after a yoga class. The instructor served spiced chai tea laced with soy. She had soaked chai seeds overnight and they were a plump and creamy surprise at the bottom of my cup. The whole combination was delicious. Sipping that tea gave me a comforting memory I recall often.
Chai is a lightly nutty little seed that is packed with so much healthy goodness it is called a “superfood.” It can be sprinkled on things like salads, yogurt, eggs, and oatmeal. It can be soaked which softens and plumps up the seeds that can be used in puddings, smoothies, and casseroles. They are so mild that they can be added to muffins, cakes, and breads without modifying recipes. Yummy, yes, but there is more to Chai than meets the eye.
The health benefits of chai are all over the “plate.” They are high in minerals that are important for proper organ functioning. They are rich in antioxidants which help stop damage at the cellular level. They can boost energy better than an energy drink and they contain 500% more calcium than milk! No bone to pick there. They help balance hormones and being a fan of optimized hormones, thanks to BioTE® Medical, I am all about foods that help the cause.
Chai seeds contain a secret weapon: Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega-3 fats can reduce the risk of heart disease, balance thyroid hormones, and offer protection against breast cancer. These fats support brain and heart health and give skin and hair a healthy shine. Omega-3 fats may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. In the heart, they can ease inflammation and improve the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications. They can lower triglycerides and slow down plaque buildup in the blood vessels.
So, eat up, drink up, bake ‘em up, or just grab a handful and chew ‘em up. They’re healthy and they taste great on or in just about anything. Seriously, they are simply “to chai for.”
Just for the health of it,
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