Chia seeds, which can be stored for years, were used by the ancient Aztecs as both a staple food and to nutritionally fortify its army while on the move. These very small seeds have a high nutritional value, being rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and anti-oxidant phytonutrients such as: chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercitin and Kaemferol. Plus the seeds indigestible husks provide an excellent source of dietary fiber. The raw seeds may be consumed as a garish sprinkled on salads or simply added to fruit and vegetable juices. When added to juices or plain water the seeds absorb water and form a gelatinous mixture which, its claimed, slows down the digestive process.
• Chia seeds are truly a gift from nature, being highly nutritious, easy to consume and being seeds, while remaining dry, have an almost indefinite shelf life.
• Check out the availability of Chia seeds at your local health store.
• Take advantage of this easy to consume nutritious food by sprinkling the seeds over salads, yogurts or adding them to fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Consume 1-2 tablespoons per day. This will give you a natural nutrition boost while improving the regularity of your bowel movements.
• Chia seeds are easy to store and travel with and are a great way to conveniently boost the nutritional value of meals consumed while travelling. But remember you cannot transport any type of seeds internationally since any such live-seed conveyance is against agricultural quarantine regulations.