|Chia seeds are one of the amazing seeds that have been around for centuries but are not widely known as a super healthy. Chia seeds pack more omega-3 than any other natural source (including more than Atlantic Salmon which has a stellar reputation for its omega-3 powers) and they are loaded with antioxidants (even more than blueberries).
We are all familiar with the Chia seed as a somewhat silly product from TV commercials called the Chia Pet™. But what you are probably not as familiar with is their history which is actually quite remarkable.
Chia seeds were a key component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were instrumental in the basic survival as food rations for Aztec warriors. It is reported that just 1 tablespoon of the seeds would sustain a person for up to 24 hours. Historians have also called it the third most important crop to the Aztecs behind only maize and beans.
More recently the Chia seed has been regularly consumed in Mexico and the southwestern US. Native to Mexico today it is also grown in Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Guatemala. Our organic Chia Seeds are harvested in Mexico.
In addition to Chia Seeds being high in omega-3 and antioxidants they also have more fiber than bran flakes and more calcium than 2% milk. We like to enjoy the Nutty-tasting whole-grain chia seeds both whole and freshly ground. Use them mixed in your morning oatmeal, on cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese or in salads, soups, pancakes, salsa and even smoothies.
Or if you want to try a popular drink from Central America and Mexico then make your own "chia fresco." Just mix 8 ounces of water with 2 teaspoons of the seeds and then add some freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice with a dash of sugar.
Chia seeds also have an urban legend of being one of the latest "weight loss magic potions", but according to WebMD “Use chia seeds in foods, not as a supplement, but as an alternative to processed grains like white bread because it is a much healthier whole grain” and WebMd also recommends that you “Enjoy chia seeds for their flavor and to boost the fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s in your diet. But don't expect a big weight loss boost.”
You may also be interested in our Flax Seed as well as our raw Cacao Powder.