Chia seeds are an amazing nutrition gift to give your babies. They are a safe, plant based protein that also contains omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron. All these nutrients are packed in a 1 tablespoon serving size! They are a low cost food that can supple your baby with an excellent source of fiber and protein.
Are chia seeds safe for babies?
Chia seeds are safe for babies. They are easy to swallow and should not form a choking hazard.
How are chia seeds prepared?
Chia seed can be eaten as they are found, as small black seeds. They can also be added to water or any liquid. The seeds can expand to 10-12 times their original size. Additionally you can make chia powder from the seeds.
How are chia seeds healthy for babies?
Chia seeds for constipation– chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and can help babies have regular bowel movements.
Plant based protein– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds has almost as much protein as 1 egg. They are a complete source of protein. A complete source of protein means that chia seeds have all nine essential amino acids. Other examples of complete proteins are meat and eggs.
Omega 3 fatty acids– are important for a healthy diet.
Research has shown the omega 3 fatty acids in children
May improve brain function
Could reduce asthma
Promotes better sleep
Calcium– Chia seeds are a great source of calcium. It is an alternative way to give your baby calcium if they cannot consume dairy.
Magnesium-is crucial for calm mood and relaxation in children and healthy bone development
Nutritional Content of Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
95 mg (23%)
How to give chia seeds to baby
Chia seeds can be given in their seed form
Chia seeds can be mixed into water- the expand to 10-12 times their size
Chia seeds can be ground and given as chia powder
Chia powder and chia seeds can be mixed in with:
Mixed into baked goods
Mixed into soup
Chia seed shelf life
Chia seed do not need to be refrigerated. They can be stored in pantry for 2-4 years.
Can toddlers have chia seeds?
Chia seeds are not just for babies. Chia seeds can be given to toddlers and older kids as well