The secret ingredient that turns off fat storage? Chia seeds!
Just 2 Tbs. of chia seeds (like Nutiva Organic White Chia Seeds, $10 for 12 oz., amazon.com) provides 5 times more calcium than an 8 oz. glass of milk. This mineral reduces the output of a fat-storing hormone (calcitriol), which prompts fat to be burned for fuel instead. The payoff: A study in the journal Obesity Research found that participants who increased their calcium intake lost 38 percent more weight than those who skipped the mineral.
Try this sweet chia-infused smoothie recipe to fast-track your weight loss!
1 sliced frozen banana
1 small orange, peeled
3/4 cup sliced frozen *peaches *
1 Tbs. chia seeds*
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
In blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Sweeten to taste. Serve immediately.
Makes: 1 serving
*Chia seeds swell in liquid, so it's best to drink right after making.
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