Thanks, Vegetarian Times magazine (print edition), for an interesting article on chia seeds. Yes, these are the seeds that sprout to make a Chia Pet. But they’re also a superfood, used by the ancient Aztecs back in the day, with lots of Omega-3 fats and the ability to help digestion.

Mix them whole into yogurt, quick bread batters, muffins, or pancakes, says Vegetarian Times. Unlike flax, they don’t  have to be ground up for your body to access the nutrients, and they have less of a pronounced flavor. And here’s something trippy: After you eat them, they form a gel in your stomach, which makes you feel satiated. Just in time to try to ward off holiday gorging.

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