These tiny little seeds are not only fun to say, they offer many health benefits as well. Although chia seeds are relatively new on the popular food scene, they've been around for quite a while as part of an ancient Azetc diet. Interestingly enough, the plant that produces the seed is actually a member of the mint family. Chia seeds are well known as being an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Plus, they also contain protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. If that’s not enough motivation to pick some up, as a bonus, you can grow your very own chia pet!
When placed in a liquid, chia seeds take on a unique gel-like texture making them perfect to add extra creaminess to your morning oatmeal. Or if you’re craving a crunch, sprinkle some on top. These seeds are extremely versatile and can be added to just about anything, even salads! In fact, they make an excellent egg replacer in baked goods. You won’t regret giving them a try.