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How does Chia stack up during Pregnancy and is it safe for little ones?

How does Chia stack up during Pregnancy and is it safe for little ones?

The nutrition in Chia is excellent for pregnancy, lactating and busy mums and babies.

Chia for lactating and busy mums:

The rich fibre content in chia promotes a slow release of energy throughout the day and helps keep you full, perfect for busy mums on the go. Omega-3 ALA promotes heart health and helps build lean muscle mass for overall strength. Chia is also an excellent source of vegetarian protein, with all nine essential aminoacids. The antioxidants in chia fight free radicals and promote wellbeing.

Chia during pregnancy:

The nutrition in chia is also excellent during pregnancy. The rich plant based omega-3 facilitates healthy placental blood flow, promoting an efficient exchange of oxygen and nutrients between mother and baby. The complete protein in chia is essential for building every cell in your baby’s body. The fibre in chia assists in maintaining a healthy gut and may help with constipation as digestive function slows during pregnancy. The antioxidants are beneficial for general health and wellbeing.

Chia for babies:
Chia is a soft eating seed so it is gentle on the stomach and can be included in your baby’s diet when you start them on solids  ensuring that no matter what else they eat for the day they have consumed their fibre, omega-3, protein and antioxidants. Chia has no taste or smell and is easy to include in any meal.

We recommend the following daily consumption of chia:
  • Babies, from 4 – 6mths: 1/2 tsp daily. Mix chia with vegetable and fruit purees, yoghurt and custards – chia helps to thicken runny purees.
  • Babies, from 6 – 12 mths: 1 tsp (5g) daily. Mix in food or sprinkle on cereals.
  • Toddlers, from 12 mths – 5 years: 2 tsp (10g) daily. Mix in food or sprinkle on cereals.
  • Mums: 1 tbsp (15g) daily. Sprinkle on cereal and salads, mix in smoothies or use as a fat replacer in baking.

As with the introduction of all new foods, monitor intake with babies. All our chia is sustainably grown and is 100% chemical free.
We can guarantee the nutritional profile of our products because we grow them ourselves.

For more information, contact our accredited practicing dietitian Emma Morris

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