Considered a superfood, chia seed was a staple in the lives of ancient Aztecs and Mayans thousands of years ago. In fact, the word chia is actually derived from the Mayan word for “strength.” Aztec warriors even looked to chia to give them stamina and energy.
Chia seeds are bursting with nutrition - just 1 tablespoon contains 5 grams of fiber, is rich with antioxidants and vitamins, as well as protein and amino acids. Whether you choose to enjoy chia seeds raw or in their gel-like form, chia seeds work to keep you full and sustained throughout the day (longer than many other seeds do, in fact). Add some to your favorite drinks or recipes.
Origin: Mexico Benefits: Full of antioxidants, fiber, protein, amino acids, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, anti-inflammatory properties, may help lower blood pressure and regulate cholesterol Flavor Profile: Mildly nutty