Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Chia seeds are edible seeds — yes, the very same ones used to grow Chia Pets — that are especially rich in plant omega-3 fats, like the more popular flaxseeds. And ounce for ounce, chia seeds contain more fiber and calcium than flax. You can pick up a bag in health-food stores or order them online. They're also starting to make their way into packaged foods like chips, crackers, and cereals. Use chia seeds just as you would other seeds or chopped nuts; try them sprinkled on oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or cottage cheese, or mixed into dips or salad dressings. Unlike with flax, you don't need to grind them first because they're completely digestible in whole form. Consider adding chia seeds to pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods too.