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Foodie Friday: Chia Seeds
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Hailing from Mexico, chia seeds were a main staple of the Aztec diet. Eaten for strength, these seeds have recently become more popular, although they are still relatively unfamiliar around the world. Chia seeds are truly a super food, as they are extremely nutrient dense and contain few calories per serving.  Chia seeds contain twenty-seven key nutrients, some being:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

While the health benefits are obvious, some research is suggesting that with regular consumption, chia seeds can reduce blood pressure, control blood sugar, as well as aid in weight loss.  Some claim that it even increases energy and will give you a better complexion. Either way, these seeds are extremely versatile and can be used in numerous ways; you will have no trouble finding ways to incorporate them into your daily diet. They can be ground and used in baking of breads and biscuits. If soaked in water, the seeds become gelatinous and can be used in porridges and puddings. However, the most common way of eating chia seeds is consuming the raw seed as a whole.  The seeds don’t have an overwhelming taste, and will mostly enhance the texture of your foods without altering taste. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on oatmeal or cereal, or added in smoothies or stir-fries. The opportunities are endless, but there is no question chia seeds will give your food an extra kick of nutrients.

In Mexico, chia seeds are added to water or fruit juice for a refreshing drink. Here’s an easy recipe to try incorporating into your everyday life.

Chia Water

½ cup lime juice

1 cup sugar

10 cups water

½ cup Chia Seeds


Pour lime juice and sugar into the water and stir until sugar dissolves. Add chia seeds. Shake or stir vigorously, then serve.

Have you tried chia seeds yet?

Research assistance provided by Tori Thompson

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