October 8, 2008

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

We all remember the Chia Pet. Come on, who could forget?! However, long before the Chia Pet craze, the chia seed was a staple of Aztec and Mayan diets. It has even been documented that Aztec warriors subsisted on chia seeds during battle. I recently discovered just how good this seed could be. Not only does it taste good, is it a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and extremely rich in antioxidants. It is high in fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc. Wow! That’s a superfood… and it’s gluten free! I like to sprinkle chia seed on top of yogurt or put it in a fresh fruit smoothie. It has a nutty flavor and adds a nice little crunch. It can be hard to find, but Whole Foods seems to have it on a regular basis. So, give it a try… and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

mb_dave said...

As long as it doesn't grow in my stomach!

Living gluten free... naturally