About The Ancient Super Seed
Chia seeds contain all the amino acids and contain about 20% protein! They are also an incredible, digestible, gluten free source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and strontium. Chia played a historical role as part of the Mayan and Aztec diets; the word “chia” actually comes from the Mayan language and means strength.
This wonder food boosts energy and endurance, fights inflammation, stabilizes blood sugar, promotes health of the brain and entire nervous system, aids in weight loss, promotes lean muscle growth, supports detoxification and healthy elimination.
Chia, like flax, is “hydrophilic” or water-loving which makes it capable of absorbing and holding water. The seeds can absorb 10 times their weight in water in 10 mintues! This makes it highly sought after for athletes looking to sustain their performance and boost hydration in endurance races.
Ever since I read Born to Run, I’ve been even more excited about the potential of chia and entranced by it’s long history and continued use by the famed Mexican running tribe, the Tarahumara. The books tells of how they will hold some seeds in their cheek and drink chia fresca before a run- a simple drink of water, chia seeds and lime juice. I’ve gotta say, it is a delicious way to fuel a hike or a run, and Joel and I love putting a few chia seeds in under our cheeks while we run. As we get closer to running the Bolder Boulder (my first time, Joel’s 8th!) we are paying more and more attention to our pre-race diet. We’re not competitive, except with ourselves. Visit again tomorrow for more on my barefoot running adventures and in the meantime you can check in with Joel as he explains how we’re adjusting to the altitude.
So How Do You Eat It?
Besides tucking the seeds into our cheeks, our favorite ways to enjoy chia are in raw puddings, smoothies, and in the delicious new drinks full of the seeds like my favorite Grape Chia GT Synergy Kombucha and Mamma Chia. Here are a few yummy-looking ideas. Post some links or list the ingredients to some of your favorite chia-licious recipes in the comments!
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