Cha Cha Cha Chia...anyone remember the Chia pet ads from the 1990s? Those were epic.
But no, that's not what I'm writing about today. I'm writing about those tiny dark grey seeds.
Chia seeds are a species of flowering plant in the mint family that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. They've been a staple in Mayan & Aztec diets for centuries.
So why all of the fuss? They pack a lot of nutritional punch for their size. And you only need to consumer about two teaspoons to reap the benefits.
They have come into such demand that you can find them in most grocery stores now. You can also order a bag on Amazon (but then again, what CAN'T you order on Amazon?) for just $8. Trade Joes also offers chia seeds in a super seed blend with cranberry and coconut flakes like the one featured in this picture for just $5.
Chia seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber (which keeps you full), essential Omega-3 fatty acids (which can help with depression, ADHD, and rheumatoid arthritis) protein, and antioxidants (to help boost your immune system). They are raw, gluten-free, and have a very long shelf life.
They are best in smoothies, as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal, or even as an egg replacement when baking.
If you haven't tried them yet, I encourage you to go to your local store and buy a package. You'll be pleasantly surprised and the investment is minimal. It's such an easy and relatively inexpensive food to include in your diet, there's really no reason you shouldn't be eating it already!
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