WHAT IS A CHIA SEED-the tiny little seed?

Chia seeds

 

So what is a chia seed you ask? Originally from Mexico and Guatemala, this tiny seed has many proven health benefits. It has a reputation of being a superfood and can be added to a smoothie or put on a salad. They can be added to cereal, sauces, rice dishes or blended drinks. About 1 millimeter in diameter the seeds are oval and gray with black and white spots. They are from the flowering mint family plant called Salvia hispanica. These seeds have about 140 calories per two tablespoons and a great amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are harvested from the slightly dried flower head of the purple chia flower.

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