Snacks & Drinks

Chia Seeds!

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? Recently my boyfriend Kyle read the book, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. With nothing but rave reviews for the book, he convinced me to read it also. The book explores the life and running habits of a particular Mexican tribe who after an all night party of drinking, smoking and dancing, they wake up and fuel themselves with a granola like mixture called Pinola which consists of ground maize kernels and chia seeds, tossed with herbs. Along with a drink they make called Iskiate also known as Chia Fresca. These super athletes then run 50-100 miles at a time, for pure enjoyment with seemingly no effort. As a frequent user of flax-seed, which I grind and add to everything from soups, oatmeal, and stirfrys, I was curious to how it compares to Chia seeds. Similar to each other, Chia seeds do outshine Flax seeds in more ways than one. With a higher calcium level, lower fat content, and a high level of antioxidants present whereas Flax seeds carry none, you can see how beneficial these little seeds are. Although for the healthiest diet possible, it would still be a good thing to enjoy both Flax seeds and Chia seeds. Once, a main part of the Aztec and Mayan diet, Chia seeds are extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acid a vital nutrient for our bodies, with two tablespoons at least doubling the amount found in a serving of salmon. Follow the jump to read on!

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