Now that I have your attention, and you’re no doubt reminiscing about the “Chia Pet/Chia Head” commercials of your youth, I want to talk about those tiny, little seeds. Despite the fun you may have had growing grass on a funky-shaped clay model, you’d have been doing yourself a great favor by eating them instead. Seriously. Personally, I neither had nor wanted a “Chia Pet” when I was young, but I am so very glad I rediscovered them now. =0)
Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica) are native to Central and South America, particularly Mexico and Guatemala. The Aztecs were eating chia seeds as a source of nutrition centuries before some “modern dude” hatched the idea to make them art. Chia seeds are loaded with Omegas (30% of its extractable oil is Omega 3, 10% is Omega 6), antioxidants, protein (respectable 4g per serving), and heaps of fiber (11g per serving). You can soak the seeds in water/milk/soy milk/coconut milk/juice and eat them like a dessert similar to tapioca, or bake them into your cookies or loaves. Add them to your granola, too. I’m really loving these amazing little seeds.
Where do you get some? Why here, at Nuts.com.