So, this is my last week at my internship that is required for my master’s degree and what an amazing journey it was! I was able to gain knowledge of researching and how to perform a research study hands on. It was my busiest semester, with working full-time, taking two classes and doing my internship, but it was definitely the most rewarding and motivating semester.
Throughout my internships and work experiences, I feel that I always learn so much more from the people I meet and their voyage through life, rather than the book work. My preceptors have had such intriguing lives, studying abroad and working in and traveling to places around the world. Nutrition is such a broad field and varies from culture to culture, so it is ideal to learn from people who have explored the world.
Yesterday, we were conversing about chia seeds and their many benefits. These little seeds contain more omega-3 than a serving of salmon! Since our bodies do not naturally produce Omega 3, it is important to consume them in some way. Omega 3 is also found in flax seeds and many animal based foods. Chia seeds also contain fiber and protein to keep you full and energized throughout the day.
Nutrition facts of chia seeds:
Serving size: 3 tablespoons
11 g – fiber
180 mg – calcium
4 g – protein
9 g – fat (healthy fats, like omega 3!)
Many people eat chia seeds in a pudding or in a smoothie. I decided to make a natural energy drink today! It took five minutes to make and tastes delicious. Chia seeds are tasteless; however they have a gelatinous texture, which may be odd at first.
1 tbsp of Chia seeds
1 tbsp of matcha
2 cups of water
Lemon to taste
Let the chia seeds soak in a half a cup of water for 20 minutes before adding the other ingredients. This allows the chia seeds to expand and become gelatinous!