The mighty chia seed was all the rage at the Natural Product Expo West in Anaheim, CA. After tasting hundreds of products at the event, the following three stood out as some of the best of the West. Watch this video to learn all about these inventive and delicious chia-powered products coming to a health store near you.
For moms of a certain age, the word chia invokes images of potted sprouts shaped like pets. But spend a few minutes in a health food store, and you'll quickly learn that chia seeds do more than grow fuzzy green plants — they help grow healthy kids, too. An ancient Aztec staple, the chia seed is a complete protein, higher in omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed, meaning they'll boost your kids' energy and help stimulate brain growth with little more than a sprinkle added to tots' favorite foods.
That said, we know kids balk at the idea of eating something new or different from their usual fare — not to mention something that looks like a bird seed — so we've rounded up eight tot-friendly recipes that sneak chia into some of their favorite foods. They'll never know it's in there!
Though they are an ancient superfood, it seems like chia seeds are finally getting some attention! High in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s — what's not to love about chia? Just one ounce (about two tablespoons) of chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 177 milligrams of calcium, and 4.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Read on to learn ways to add more chia seeds to your life.
Ch-ch-ch-chia! Most people know about chia because of the famous shrubby pets that seemed to invade every commercial break during the '90s. The same seeds that made those houseplants so familiar are also quite good for the body. So forget those porous clay pots and learn why you should be ingesting them and how to get them in your diet.
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Chia seeds are in fact used to grow Chia pets, but these little brown seeds are also an excellent source of omega-3s. If you're worried about getting enough of this valuable nutrient, then check out this new cereal called Chia Goodness.
This gluten-free cereal contains more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega-3s than flaxseeds, and is a great source of fiber. It sounds healthy, but if you're curious to know how it tastes then read more