- Chia seeds are the highest known wholefood source of omega-3s
- They contain more protein than wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, amaranth and soy
- They have higher amounts of antioxidants than blueberries
- More than three times the amount of iron found in spinach
- Six times more calcium than milk
- Two time more potassium than bananas
And there's even more benefits - they are believed to slow digestion so your energy boost kicks in later in your run or workout (think Born to Run and the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico). This is great news for those of us who train or run for long distances or hours. They are tasteless so you can add them to just about anything! And, because they gel in liquids, you can use them as a replacement for egg or oil in baking. Add them to your smoothies, salads, cereals or make one of our favorite recipes below:
- Chia Pudding - adjust the sweetness level by experimenting with honey and maple syrup.
- Homemade Chia seed granola - a yummy sweet treat great for pre workout.
- Tropical Chia Smoothie - quick, easy and filling; great post workout treat.
- Chia Chipotle Bean Burger - vegetarian friendly burger that will leave you satisfied.
- Chia Soy Glaszed Salmon - add an extra punch of protein, antioxidants and calcium.
Just don't eat your chia pet! You can pick up chia from Wholefoods or your local health food store.