Chia seeds are so underrated. Not only are the tiny powerhouses rich in omega-3s, but just two tablespoons also contain four grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber—no big deal or anything. And while there are numerous ways to reap all the nutritional benefits, one of the easiest is simply tossing some in your water bottle.
Sadia Badiei, the registered dietitian behind Pick Up Limes, recently shared the hack during her most recent “What I Eat in a Day on Holiday” video on YouTube. To keep things regular while traveling, fiber is key—and what easier way than this?
“It’s something my cousin taught me. When I first saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s in your water? It looks really weird.’ But then I started doing it, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” Badiei says. “When you put the little chia seeds in it, you’re essentially drinking your fiber. To me, it’s kind of like bubble tea.”
To create your fiber-loaded water, add in some sliced cucumber and lime for flavor and fill up your bottle. Then add a teaspoon or half a tablespoon of chia seeds, depending on your preference, making sure to give it a nice shake right away so they don’t gel at the bottom, says Badiei.
Whether you’re hanging out at home or want an easy way to pack in some extra fiber on the go, chia seeds will most definitely be your new BFF.