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Plant These Seeds in Your Diet!

Are seeds becoming the new vitamins? Check out these two super seeds that Dr. Drew's Lifechanger and Registered Dietician Rachel Beller, founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute, says we should be adding to our diets -- starting today!

Salba Seeds

It's a variety of the salvia hispanica seed, and is the ultimate fiber and omega-3 meal booster. It's been used in South America for decades, but is just catching on here because it's easy to sneak into oatmeal or to take by spoon with water. It has no real taste and isn't expensive, so salba is user-friendly while packing a nutritional punch!

As whole seeds, 1 tablespoon of salba is approximately 55.3 calories, containing 4.8 grams of fiber. One tablespoon of ground salba contains 32.5 calories and 2.05 grams of fiber (brands may vary). So add it to your kids' cereal to keep them healthy!

Chia Seeds

Remember Chia Pets? It's the seeds that made that grass grow, and now we can benefit from them other than as kitsch decor! Considered an ancient wonder food (it is said that Aztec warriors subsisted on chia seeds during conquests, and Indians of the southwest would eat as little as a teaspoonful when going on a 24-hour forced march).

It's another variety of the salvia hispanica seed, and it's a great diet aid too. Mix a spoonful of chia seeds in a glass of water and leave it for approximately 30 minutes -- when you return, the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel, which is formed in the stomach, creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Pretty cool, huh? It's also great for digestion and almost instantly takes away heartburn!  

But be sure to get the white or grey chia seeds -- regular chias' charcoal color can look like scrapings off an oven wall, and when it comes to eating, looks matter! One tablespoon of chia contains 81 calories and 4.2 grams of fiber.
 
These seeds are great for sprinkling on oatmeal, and can also be chewed, swallowed or eaten as gelatin after being soaked in water!

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