Mom’s Super Energy Secret: Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients.

I always wanted a Chia Pet. But alas I never bought one or was gifted one. There was something strangely wonderful about applying chia seeds to a piece of ceramic and waiting for it to grow. Now those same chia seeds are all the rage.

In case you didn’t know, chia seeds come Mexico and date back to the days of the Aztecs and Mayans.

According to WebMD, chia seeds are “a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.”

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I had no idea. I’ve been avoiding them like the plague, but recently discovered these organic bags of salads from Whole Foods. For $5 you get a bag of crunchy, salad goodness and inside with the salad is a bag of toasted pita chips, ginger dressing AND a bag of chia seeds. I had my doubts but added them to the salad. To my surprise I loved the texture they added to the salad. And now that I know how good they are for me I’m hooked and I dropped some serious change on a big bag of chia seeds.

I’m ready to add them to my risotto, my yogurt and whatever else I can think of. I really don’t like taking fish oil so this discovery finally gives me a way to get my omega-3’s. These little seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients:

niacin
calcium
phosphorus
magnesium
manganese
copper
iron
zinc

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How can a tiny little seed like this pack so much nutrient benefit? I’m blown away. They have as much calcium as a glass of milk and more antioxidants than blueberries. I can’t wait to make chia energy bites or muffins. And did you know chia seeds are naturally gluten-free? I had no clue.

But be careful not to eat too many chia seeds as they absorb 12 times their weight which can upset your stomach.

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