Chia Seeds: The Long-Lasting Aztec Superfood Your Stockpile Desperately Needs

Chia Seeds: The Long-Lasting Aztec Superfood Your Stockpile Desperately Needs by: Kimberlee Hertzer for Off the Grid News

Looking for a survival food that is nutritious, has a long shelf life and will give you lots of energy? If so, then look no further than chia seeds.

After all, Aztec warriors used them to provide energy in running long distances. And Mayans prized chia seeds so much that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

A native to South America, these super seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica. In the 1980s, people used them constantly during the Chia Pet craze. But fast forward a few decades, and they have exploded in popularity and are now considered by some health experts to be a superfood.

They might be tiny, but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. According to the USDA, just one ounce (two tablespoons) of these super seeds has:

  • Calories: 137
  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s)
  • Calcium: 18 percent of the RDA
  • Manganese: 30 percent of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 30 percent of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27 percent of the RDA

In 2012, an article published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that chia seeds may lower cholesterol. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that these powerful seeds contain plenty of minerals such as potassium, zinc and B Vitamins — which means that eating two tablespoons of chia seeds a day may improve your heart health, as well as give you more energy.

 

Easy Ways To Add Chia To Your Diet

This nutty, ancient grain may seem intimidating to cook with, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with it. Unlike flaxseeds, these tiny seeds will last you for at least four years on the shelf without going rancid or losing any nutritional benefit. This means that they make a great addition to any off-grid food supply. Furthermore, adding these seeds to your diet is easier than you think.

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