The Brave Foundations: Organic Chia Seeds
Organic Chia Seeds
This ancient seed forms one of the three foundational ingredients for our Brave Overnight Breakfasts. Chia is thought to have originated in Central America and Mexico and has been a staple of the indigenous peoples of that region since 3,500BC. It was a primary part of the diet of both the Aztecs and the Mayans.
Chia seeds are a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the human body alone. They contain the richest plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. One ounce (28 grams) of chia contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat of which more than half is Omega-3 as well as healthy amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese and vitamins. Chia seeds are a whole grain and are naturally gluten-free.
The ancient Aztecs used chia as a primary energy source for the warriors in battle as well as fuel for their relay runners who had to run long distances to deliver messages over their vast empire. This tradition of using chia as an energy source still exists today with the Tarahumara Indians of northwest Mexico who are considered the best long-distance runners in the world today. For a great read on the subject pick up Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run.