Remember Chia Pets?  They were pretty popular when I was a child, and I would've never guessed that sitting there on my window seal, in the shape of an elephant, was an amazing source of healthy benefits.  Yeah, you can eat your chia pet and it is actually good for you!  Well not the pet itself, but the chia seeds (salvia hispanica).

The chia seed has had a reputation for having health benefits. Chia seeds are high in vitamin and mineral content: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, zinc, omegas, protein and fiber.  With the seeds being pretty cheap, it's a perfect food to add to your diet! (Encino)

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more than flax seeds. They are so rich in antioxidants, the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods of time without going rancid. They do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body, which makes them easier to incorporate into your foods than flax seeds.

Dieters are finding many uses for the seeds because they can add chia seeds to pretty much any food or drink and it won't change the taste.  It's also being found that since the carbohydrates are released slowly, the body feels full, which can be an effective way to control the appetite.

It's said that just a table spoon of chia seeds a day added to your diet will make an impact on your health, so it's definitely something worth checking out.  You could even get creative and try some of these recipes to help you get the ball rolling on your new additive.

You can find them from numerous places, especially online!  Make an order and have some fun with it!  You never know, making this healthy choice could be the start to a new, healthier, more fit you!

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