Chia Seeds! So, what’s all the hype? Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family and are native to Central America. They have been touted as a superfood all the way back to the Mayans and Aztecs. The hype is that for being so tiny, these seeds are packed full of nutrients and energy and can be added to almost anything.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and omega-3s, as well as a host of essential minerals used for the body like iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Where can you find these tiny little seeds? Any natural food store will carry them and I just recently found a bag at Trader Joe’s that happens to be grown in Australia and ‘free from chemical pesticides.’ Nice.
If you already make green smoothies, simply add a tablespoon or two or sprinkle some on your oatmeal. Chia seed pudding is also really popular and so many folks I know say it is absolutely the best (note to self: make this soon). My Whole Food Life created this fantastic chia seed pudding recipe with gorgeous picture to match. Just click on her pic and it will take you right to her site.
So, are you convinced? If so, go grab a bag of chia seeds and see how many ways you can include them in your diet!
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