Chia - More than Just a Pet

Choices can sometimes be overwhelming. On the topic of smoothies, for instance, I have a mental check-list of ingredients to throw into the blender. There’s vitamin this and vitamin that, greens that do this and vegetables that do that. Lately, one thing I haven’t been adding is chia seeds. Why? Because I forgot how beneficial they are!

Chia seeds were all the rage in the health food world a few years ago – in 2012 to be exact.  It seemed everything from cookies to cereal contained the nutrient-dense seed. It is grown primarily in Mexico and Bolivia and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre. Long-distance runners have long used chia for slow-burning fuel. Not surprisingly, Aztec warriors used chia seeds to sustain them during battle. In the Mayan language, chia translates to “strength.”

To get to the nitty gritty of the power of chia, the seeds contain alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, vitamins A, B, E and D as well as a whole slew of minerals including sulphur, iron, magnesium, thiamine, and niacin.

So, next time you make a smoothie, throw a tablespoon of the mighty chia seed into the mix - you’ll be happy with its benefits.

It’s nice to see the seed graduate from its status of being the “green fur” of Chia Pets from the 1980s to a healthy ingredient in our diets!