Back to Basics: Chia Seeds

photo: sweetbeetandgreenbean Name: Chia (Salvia Hispanica), a flowering plant; member of the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Origins: Indigenous to Central and Southern Mexico and Guatemala. Cultivated in pre-Columbian era by Aztec's and was said to be as important a crop as maize (corn).

Nutritional Value: 1 oz. of chia seeds contains 18% of daily calcium intake, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese similarly to other nutritious seeds such as sesame and flax.

Prep: Chia seeds are easily added to  smoothies, oatmealsalads, etc... for an extra boost of energy. You can even make them into a delicious and healthful pudding! The seeds, when added to a liquid, give off a gelatin-like substance making this Chia Seed Pudding Recipe a cinch.

photo: elmastudio

 

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