These chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are grown in Mexico, without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
When soaked, chia seeds form a gel in a similar way to flax seeds. They can be made into milk or sprouted like alfalfa seeds. You could also try adding them to raw cakes and brownies or using them to thicken soups and sauces.
Chia seeds are very high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, plus a good source of antioxidants and protein (16% protein, including all 9 essential amino acids). They are also a very good source of calcium, phosphorus and manganese, plus a source of other minerals including zinc.
Known as an energy food and for keeping hunger away, they make a great food to travel with.
Chia seeds were mentioned in the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougal. He says that the Tarahumara tribe, known for their amazing ultra-distance running, made a drink called iskiate (chia fresca) with chia seeds, water, a little sugar and a squirt of lime (although we'd recommend you replace the sugar with a healthier sweetener like raw honey), which helped them with endurance.
McDougal also says "Aztec runners used to chomp chia seeds as they went into battle, and the Hopis fueled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean."
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