The tiny, nutrient-dense seed has created a market of healthy food and drinks.
Chia seeds are one of the latest superfoods to get runners buzzing, thanks in large part to the Tarahumara Indians’ homemade sports drink documented in the popular book Born to Run.
But it’s more than just a dietary fad. Chia seeds have a mild taste, and can be crushed and sprinkled into smoothies and other plates. And it’s worth doing that, because their nutritional value is fantastic. They are rich in omega-3s, protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants. And they’re versatile enough to show up almost anywhere in your diet.
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But if crashing the kitchen isn’t your thing, there are products on the market—including some that target endurance athletes—that take advantage of the health benefits of chia seeds. We tried some out, and suggest these: