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Chi-Chi-Chi Chia!

Chia seed in a glass jar with a soft shadowLike flax seeds, chia seed is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as the omega-6 fatty acid LA, protein and fiber. It also contains several essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, copper, niacin and zine. Because of this, chia seeds, are fast becoming a favorite health food. It’s a member of the mint family and was a significant component of the Aztec and Mayan diets. The seed has¬†a nutlike flavor and is often used simply sprinkled over cereal, yogurt or salads or eaten by itself as a snack. It can also be ground and mixed with flour and used in baked goods. What was once popular in Mexica and Central America is the chia fresca, made by mixing a couple of teaspoon of chia seeds for 8 to 10 ounces of water or fruit juice. Chia seed is naturally gel-like so the mixture will become thickened after a bit of time in your glass. Chia seed, unlike flax seed, does not have a high fat content and can be stored for longer periods without going rancid. Due to the ¬†popularity of this seed, you can now find in mostly all the grocery stores and definitely in health food stores like Trader Joes.