Energy-boosting chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals. Given their tiny size, they’re one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
Chia was an ancient dietary staple in Mesoamerica and was eaten by the Aztecs and Mayans for strength and endurance. (What’s good for the Aztecs is good for the gander, right?)
Chia seeds absorb 9-12 times their weight in water, helping to keep the body hydrated during exercise and heat. Their fiber content and hydrating effect also regulate blood sugar, appetite, and digestion and help maintain high energy levels.
Add chia to smoothies, yogurt, granola, and oatmeal, make chia pudding, or use it as an egg substitute in baking.