It was a star player in the best seller, “Born to Run,” and its magic, thought to be a key to the astonishingly amazing running performance from the Tarahumara Indians from Mexico. Many of my triathlon friends fell in love with it as a “secret weapon” for the Ironman.
My rock-star nutritionist, Samantha Lynch, thinks they’re some of the best calories you can put in your body every day.
It’s the chia seed, and it’s becoming a go-to ingredient treasured for a long list of major benefits:
Says Samantha: “Electrolytes, more omega 3s in 1 Tbsp of Chia vs Ground Flax, 3g protein 5.6g fiber, more calcium than a glass of milk, and has been shown to lower LDL and total cholesterol. The most important 60 calories of your day!”
I get some stares every now and then at work, when I sprinkle the little guys over my oatmeal, in yogurt or even in soup. When you think about all the green goodness that unfurl from the mighty chia – most familiar to pop culture as the TV-advertised toy that would grow a green ‘fro — imagine how good it must be for your innards. I’m digging ’em. And so far, I just feel a lot better, and haven’t noticed any green curly locks springing from my head yet;)