The hottest "it" superfood right now is chia. Yes, it's the same chia as the Chia Pet commercials but it's not green and doesn't grow out of a Mr. T or lamb shaped ceramic planter. I first learned about the health benefits of eating these small black or white seeds more than a year ago and have been enjoying them since. I add it to my smoothies and make a great pudding (see one of my recipes below!) for dessert or a healthy snack. It can also be used as a natural thickener for soups and stews, as an egg substitute, or added to yogurt or oatmeal.
What’s so great about these funny named seeds? These tiny raw, gluten-free, vegan seeds outperform more well known ‘healthy’ foods. They are jam packed full of minerals, omega 3 fats, antioxidants, fiber and are a complete source of protein.
Why should you should eat chia now? Because just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds has: