Chia seeds seem to be the new must have healthy food item. I'm always somewhat suspicious of "fad" items. For a while tofu and soy milk were good for you. Now, it is told to cause reproductive problems in women and should never be eaten.
For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the south west and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. After hearing raves about chia seeds and their aid in everything from energy to weight loss, I caved and gave them a try. Here are some others benefits.
1. Provides Energy
2. Omega 3's
3. Balance Blood Sugar
4. Helps your body to feel full therefore eating less and losing weight
5. Age defying anti-oxidants
I have been adding a spoonful of these teeny tiny seeds to my smoothies and can barely taste them, although they do add a nutty crunch. Some of my yoga students say that put on top of yogurt every morning and other made a pudding with them. What do you put Chia Seeds on?
Despite all the good for you benefits listed above, the real reason I bought these seeds as they are what were used in Chia Pets in the 90s. Do you remember them?
I tried to recreate it with my kids. We cut up sponges and put the seeds on them, hoping they would sprout. Not much has happened yet.
Have you jumped on the Chia Seed bandwagon?