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Why We Love Chia Seeds
If you’re a Yumi customer, you’ve probably noticed that we love chia seeds. They can be found in many of our blends, such as Blueberry Chia Pudding and Pear Raspberry Chia Pudding. We sneak them in where we can. But why are we so obsessed with this tiny seed you might ask? Here’s why.
When can my baby eat blends with chia seeds?
Babies can be introduced to chia seeds as early as 6-8 months. It’s important to make sure they are soaked and thoroughly mixed before serving (do not serve chia seeds dry).
You can introduce your baby to chia seeds if they have begun eating whole foods such as sliced strawberries, bananas, avocados, and steamed veggies.
- Skin Health
Chia seeds’ rich antioxidant profile makes them great for glowing skin.
- Digestive Health:
Chia seeds contain around 11 grams of fiber per ounce. Fiber helps keep your digestive system in check, which means regular and healthy BMs.
- Heart Health:
More omega-3s than salmon? Yep, it’s true. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3s, which are known for reversing inflammation and regulating cholesterol.
- Strong Muscles & Bones
One ounce of chia seeds can contain around 15-20% of your daily calcium and about 4.4 grams of protein.
My baby doesn’t seem to like chia seeds. What can I do?
There’s no denying that the texture of chia pudding will be unfamiliar to a baby at first. As with all new flavors and textures, you’re bound to get some funny faces, light gagging, and overall “what is this?!” looks. Just keep trying! If your baby really doesn’t seem to like it, you can try freezing your blends with chia seeds in them until you think they’re ready. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on the nutritive benefits of chia seeds, so it’s worth trying again in a week or so.
My baby seems to choke on the seeds. Help!
Don’t worry— chia seeds are approximately 2.1 millimeters long and 1.3 millimeters wide. That’s super tiny! Yep, even too tiny for a baby to choke on. Before serving, make sure your chia pudding is properly mixed, to prevent any large clumping. As with many new textures, slight gagging may occur, but choking won’t. So don’t worry! You got this.