The Best Superfoods
Control Hunger with Chia Seeds
The same seeds you know for sprouting grass-like plants in a terra cotta figurine are not only edible, they also pack a nutritional punch. Just two tablespoons of tiny chia seeds distributed over the course of the day provide your body with high levels of protein, fiber and omega-3, for effects that are energizing, detoxifying and heart-healthy. When consumed raw, chia seeds are crunchy and not unlike poppy seeds in their texture and size. Almost flavorless, they allow you to sneak them into many foods without even noticing their presence. Try them in your yogurt, oatmeal or salad for an added dose of calcium, iron, copper and zinc. Soak chia in any liquid (Mexicans do it with fruit juice to create a drink known as chia fresca) and they expand into a gel several times the size of the original seed. Research suggests that this reaction also takes place when raw chia seeds mix with the fluids in your stomach, creating a feeling of being full. The ancient Aztecs believed that one tablespoon of chia could sustain a warrior for 24 hours.