These are the ultimate power food tiny wholefood of the legendary marathon running Tarahumara Indians of copper canyon in Mexico.
Here’s some info to support this lofty status:
- Highest level of omega 3 (EFA=Essential fatty acids) in the plant kingdom. EFAs are great for brain, heart health, weight management, are anti-inflammatory),
- 2 TBSP chia seeds have 5 grams of ALA! as a comparison: 4 oz salmon= 2.09 gm, 2 TBSP walnuts= 1.1gm
- **unlike flax, chia seeds don’t need to be ground to get EFAS**- stable because they are so high in anti-oxidants
- 20 % high quality protein: 2 grams/ 2 TBSP
- high fiber: 7gm/2 TBSP packed with antioxidants, extremely nutrient dense: especially high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron
How to include these in your diet
- similar to flax (but the texture is different–more like poppy seeds) you can sprinkle these on cooked or cold cereal, yogurt, or make agua fresca ( 6 oz cold water, 1 tsp chia seeds, a squirt of lime or lemon juice and honey or agave to taste).
- make healthy dessert or breakfast puddings (check out this recipe for mexican hot chocolate chia pudding, cardamom berry breakfast pudding