These tiny black seeds were eaten frequently in Ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. 

This is likely because these tiny seeds pack in big health and energy benefits. First off, they’re high in fiber, which means they’ll help you feel full sooner and for longer. They also have great antioxidant benefits, and few calories per serving. With around 4 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving, they’re high in protein compared to most plants. They also have some bone health benefits because they are full of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. While they are also rich in Omega-3’s, they are not as beneficial of an Omega-3 source compared with fish and fish oils. The bottom line: add chia seeds!


  • Calories: 137
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Calcium: 18% RDA
  • Manganese: 30% RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27% RDA

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