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Why Chia seeds are the superfood du jour

Chia Seed dessertIn 2008, Dr. Oz praised Chia seeds as anti-aging agents. And this past fall he listed them as one of his top four brain foods, so it’s no surprise that they’ve joined the ranks of goji and açai berries as nutritionally dense superfoods.

The buzz seems to be well deserved—just two tablespoons of Chia seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries and more omega-3s and protein than flax, according to registered dietitian Christian Henderson of Pure Nutrition. Plus, the slowly metabolized carbs in the fiber-rich Chia seed can help to curb appetite, says as Organic Avenue founder Denise Mari, whose stores sell a popular (and super tasty) Chia Tapioca Pudding dessert and other Chia snacks online.

Chia seeds are also incredibly simple to add into your diet. They can be purchased whole or ground at most organic grocers and then sprinkled over your favorite dish or blended in smoothies.

Mari also suggests using them to create this healthy, delectable, and incredibly easy dessert. It’s a slightly different take on Organic Avenue’s popular tapioca version. —Danielle E. Alvarez

Chia Pudding

Ingredients
¾ cups of Chia seeds
2 cups of nut milk
1 tbsp of vanilla bean
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 pinch of cardamom (optional)

Directions
Add the ingredients to a bowl at room temperature. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes until the mixture has thickened into a tapioca texture. Serves four.

Photo credit: Veggie Wedgie


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  1. January 31st, 2011 at 9:56 am

    YUM! I love Chia Seeds! They are really pricey though. Do you have any recommended brands for Chia Seeds? My local Organic Grocer wants 18$ for a very tiny bag.

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  3. February 1st, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Wow! $18.00!!! Check out http://www.runningfood.com, $13.76 for milled and $10.76 for whole seed plus other chia products! AND Free Shipping ANYWHERE in the United States.

  4. February 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I buy my chia seeds online at http://www.getchia.com
    quality and good prices.

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  13. Lisa
    May 28th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Do you know if there are any reputable supplement brands that sell these in the power or pill form as well? I would like to have the option of not only having the powder version to add to my meals, but also have the pills as a stand by for when I travel or am in a situation where I can’t get a whole meal made and just take them with a protein shake.

    Thanks!
    Lisa

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