Chia is packed with complex carbs that the body needs for energy. A 15g serving of chia has 3g of complex carbs which slowly releases energy into the body making it ideal for long periods of exertions during a match, long-distance runs or cycles. The energy that chia seed provides is released slowly because a physical barrier is formed to slow the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, therefore providing a sustained energy supply for longer. Chia seeds benefit the body by delivering maximum nutrients with minimum calories and also promotes digestion, energy and endurance.
Other nutrients needed for optimal fitness like essential fatty acids, protein, Omega 3 and antioxidants can be found in chia seed too and these assist the body in the recovery period post training. Chia seed is hydrophilic (it absorbs liquid) so it creates a gel in the stomach during endurance events and slowly releases water in to the body helping to prolong hydration. For this reason chia seed is a great way to keep hydrated during training and events.
Looking for a refreshing endurance drink or ways to boost hydration pre-workout? Try this quick Chia Fresca drink.
Recipe: Stir 1tbsp chia seeds in 250ml of water and allow them to swell – add lemon juice and a sweetener of your choice (honey or agave). Allow to sit for 5 minutes, stir again and enjoy!
We are lucky enough to collaborate with local athletes, fitness and yoga professionals who adopt chia into their daily routines. Here is how they use chia to fuel their training!
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