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Chia Seeds - Aztec Miracle Food

Updated on October 29, 2010

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica plant. You've probably seen the seeds before; they're the seeds that are included in that spread you put on a Chia Pet. If you're under 15 years old and you're reading this you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but Chia Pets were quite the rage back in the late 1980's before we had things like XBox to entertain ourselves with. We smeared chia seeds on terracotta figures and literally watched the grass grow. The 80's were a special time and place to be a part of.

Chia seeds look like little beans
Chia seeds look like little beans

Why are chia seeds so healthy?

Aside from being 20% protein (vegetarians looking for a good protein source that isn't meat will be able to tell you that's a lot), chia seeds also contain plenty of fiber and antioxidants, which means it helps prevent a number of diseases. Although chia seeds contain a lot of oil, it's considered "good oil", comprised of 64% omega-3 fatty acid, which are good for brain health along with cancer and disease prevention.

Chia seeds are a super food because they provide nutrients that will help you get fit or stay fit while at the same time providing the chemicals the body needs to fight off diseases.

A simple chia seed recipe:

The Chia Seed Lemonade Energy Drink:

Here's one of the simplest recipes you'll ever come across. Make a pitcher of natural lemonade (that means real lemons. Use extra lemons or even a lime and cut back on the sugar (we're trying to make this healthy). Add in a half cup of rinsed chia seeds. Refrigerate. Stir before pouring a fresh cup. You've just made a tasty and nutritious energy drink. 

Care to share any of your own chia seed recipes?

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