We love chia seeds and use them in many ways. They are low in calories and very high in nutrients. Add them smoothies, oatmeal, or puddings; use them as an egg substitute in vegan dishes; or simply toss them over soups and salads – these little seeds are high in antioxidants and loaded with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
We have to admit that when we reach for chia seeds, the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” jingle goes off in our heads. So, are these the same seeds used on Chia Pets? We did a little looking online and found out that they are the same seeds, but with one big difference – the chia seeds we eat are approved for consumption, the others are not and shouldn’t be eaten.
Wondering where these seeds originated and who first used them? According to the Ancient Grains website, “The Aztecs boast the first record of Chia as early as 3500B.C. It was, in fact, one of the main foods in the Aztec diet.” For a quick bit of history on chia seeds, have a look at Ancient Grains “Chia Seed History and Origin” to learn some more about the early uses of chia seeds.
Healthline’s “11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds” explains how these seeds may help with so many things including: losing weight, lowering your risk of heart disease, as well as, reducing blood sugar levels and chronic inflammation.
Keep a bag of chia seeds on hand and you’ll be amazed at how many ways you’ll start to use them in different recipes.