|You can find chia seeds in grocery and health food stores. "Chia Heads," such as the Obama Chia have been popular for decades.|
Chia seeds are an ancient food, used by Aztecs, Mayans and a myriad other Central and South American groups. They are a complete protein and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, zinc. Water-soaked seeds are easly to digest.
|After the seeds sit in water a few minutes, they develop into a gelatinous texture|
Tarahumaras of Mexico are known as ultra-distance runners and, they regularly consume chia seeds. Because chia seeds prolong hydration, help the body to retain electrolytes, and slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, endurance athletes have taken to adding chia seeds to their diets in a variety of ways. Some runners put chia seeds in their water bottles.
|Add chia seeds to pancake batter--here with blueberries|
|Chia seeds in scrambled eggs and topped with corn and tomato salsa|
|Chia seeds in the blender along with banana, strawberries, blueberries and mango for a smoothie|
|All mixed up|
|Chia in slow-cooked oats with cranberries.|