I don’t know about you, but my favorite “As Seen on TV” has always been the Chia Head. What has two thumbs and hilarious hair? This guy:
So the other day, when I learned that the seeds used to sprout his lustrous locks are like the super hot new superfood…dying.Dead.MINDBLOWN.
Chia seeds are my new jam.
Apparently a staple in the ancient Aztec civilization, chia (“salvia hispanica” for all you sexy scientists out there) is a flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatamala, and its seeds are tiny little nutritional badasses that are packed with:
- Fill-you-up fiber
- Heart-healthy Omega 3s
- Osteoporosis-preventing calcium
- Muscle-building protein
- Belly fat-fighting blood sugar stabilizers
AND they’re super low in calories. Sold.
So wtf do you do with these little bad boys? Whatever tf you want. Really.
When combined with liquid, they become gelatinous, kind of like teensy bubble tea boba, so they don’t need to be ground up for digestion, unlike flax seeds. They’re also essentially tasteless, so you can pretty much throw them in an-y-thing. I’ve put them in Greek yogurt, salads, cottage cheese, the Green Monster, oatmeal…the list goes on. And on. Don’t judge me, but I also actually put a pinch in my waterbottle every time I fill it up. It’s like a gooey surprise when they come up through my straw. Disgusting? Maybe, but I’ll be laughing all the way to the skinny bank.