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February 13, 2009 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Superstar Food: Chia Seed

I was recently reintroduced to the Chia Seed (yes, the same seeds we used to grow grass on plaster “Chia Pets” with) and I have to say I am quite impressed. Like all seeds, they are jam-packed with nutrients including protein, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats, but they have a few unique features that qualify them for true superstar standout status. They provide more plant-based omega 3 fats than any other food (even flax), contain 5 gms of fiber per tablespoon!, and actually dissolve in liquids. I recently started juicing (courtesy of Jack LaLanne) and stir 1 tablespoon in my morning juice (which I make from 2 big handfuls of kale, 1 organic apple, 2 organic carrots, and a thumb-sized piece of ginger root). Delicious and over-the-top healthy!