Earthly Choice Chia, 12 Oz (Pack of 6)
Superfood of the Aztecs. Rich in Omega-3. Great source of fiber. Pour on your favorite cereal or yogurt. Ancient grains. Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica L, a member of the mint family) have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years and these seeds are truly one of the oldest and best Super foods available. Chia was a staple in the diets of both the Aztecs and Mayans in Central America, and it was recognized not only for its superior nutritional qualities, but also for its invigorating properties. Much like quinoa, Chia's very existence was threatened with the arrival in the Americas of the Spanish Conquistadors. The invading Europeans banned any foods that were linked to traditional Aztec religion or tradition. Luckily thanks to a few small tribes of indigenous peoples, cultivation of Chia continued until today. What makes Chia so terrific? Chia seeds are a great source of Omega 3's, similar to flax seeds, however Chia seeds also contain much higher amounts of antioxidants than do flax seeds, so they can be stored for long periods of time without becoming rancid. Chia seeds are also high in protein and very high in fiber. Unlike flax seeds Chia seeds are easy to digest and don't need to be ground or mashed to release their nutritional benefits. One ounce of Chia seeds, roughly 3 tablespoons, contains 160 calories, 10 grams of healthy fat (mostly polyunsaturated fat) 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg of sodium, 5 grams of protein, 200 mg of calcium, and 12 grams of fiber. Chia seeds also contain phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin and zinc. How do you use Chia seeds? You can add Chia seeds to just about anything, from soups to yogurt. Blend Chia seeds into your favorite protein shake, sprinkle on your morning cereal, or add to your favorite salad dressing. You can even pour chia seeds on top of your salad to give a nutritional boost to your meal. Chia seeds are most often consumed raw, but can be added to almost any baked or cooked foods. Adding Chia to your diet is easy! Simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of our delicious Chia to almost any meal. Add to your favorite smoothie. Top your salad or blend into your salad dressing. Enhance yogurt with Chia. Sprinkle on oatmeal or on top of any breakfast cereal. Blend into your favorite muffin or pancake recipe. Product of Equador. Packed in USA.