Why We Love Chia Seeds—and the Easiest Way to Harness Their Power

August 26, 2016
by Thrive Market
Why We Love Chia Seeds—and the Easiest Way to Harness Their Power

The legendary Tarahumara people of northern Mexico routinely ran for 200 miles without rest or injury. How were they able to endure? Like the Aztec warriors who came before them, they took advantage of chia seeds.

Chia is the Mayan word for “strength”—a fitting moniker. These tiny seeds come with tons of health benefits and supply essential nutrients including tons of fiber and protein to fuel the body, and calcium and phosphorous to fortify bones and muscles, respectively. An abundance of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids make chia amazing for maintaining mental sharpness, too.

Even better, there are endless ways to enjoy chia seeds, from sprinkling them into granola to turning them into a tapioca-like pudding. But there's an even easier way to get your fill that requires zero time in the kitchen: grab a Health Warrior Chia Bar on the way out the door. Our go-to is the coconut flavor, but there’s something for everyone:

  • Coconut
  • Banana Nut
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Dark Chocolate, Coconut, and Sea Salt

They’re energizing, gluten-free, and vegan. With 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, they'll sustain you and help you go the distance during busy work days, or before a SoulCycle class or long run. We like to think the Tarahumara would approve.

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This article is related to: Chia Seed Recipes, Food, Gluten-Free, Nutrition, Vegan

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