Surely you have seen them before. They look like tiny pebbles, black or white, and health addicts love to sprinkle them on top of every meal. Sweet, savoury, breakfast, lunch, or dinner! While chia seeds might be small, they carry all kinds of nutrients. They’re rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, and magnesium, so they’re good for your stomach, heart, and mind. They’re also a smart addition to your diet if you’re vegan or vegetarian.
Their healthy super powers have been known for ages. The first records of chia seeds date back to 3500 BC and it is believed that the Mayan and Aztec warriors used to eat them before battles for a quick dose of energy. (Fun fact: chia means strength in the Mayan language!) The seeds had their place in all aspects of the ancient life, from medicine to religious rituals. Unfortunately, because of their religious significance, chia seeds were banned by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century and their future seemed uncertain.