Are You Eating Chia? Find Out Why You Should!

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Perhaps best known as the source of “fur” on novelty planters called Chia Pets, chia is the highly nutritious seed of a desert plant called Salvia hispanica. An important part of the diet of ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vital minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

It has a nutty flavor – try sprinkling whole or ground seeds on cereal, yogurt or salads, or grind and mix them with flour when baking. Chia is undergoing a well-deserved renaissance, and is widely available online and in natural food stores. Seek out organic versions and experiment – you’ll likely find it a tasty addition to your diet!

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