Chia

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Chia
Small black or white seeds (which you may recognize from "Ch-ch-ch-chia!" Pet ads) that have an unassuming flavor

Origin: Mexico

Why It's Healthy:
Chia is one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and 1 tablespoon of seeds packs 3 grams of fiber—as much as many fiber supplements. The seeds absorb several times their volume in water, which promotes a feeling of fullness. In fact, a 2008 University of Toronto study found regular consumption of white chia seeds slashed hunger by up to 63 percent.

Whip It Up:
Add moisture and nutrient value to breads and muffins by adding a few tablespoons to your recipes. Also try sprinkling raw seeds on your oatmeal or layering them into a yogurt parfait.

Buy it online: navitasnaturals.com

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