Last updated on May 14th, 2017
Chia is an edible seed that comes from southern Mexico. For years, you have thought of chia as a toy a novelty item – chia pets – but chia is more than that. Chia seeds are a highly nutritional food that is packed with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The provide 18 amino acids including lysine and arginine and are a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and trace elements – zinc, copper, iron, boron, and strontium. In pre-Columbian times chia seeds were a staple in the Aztec and Mayan diet. Chia seeds were ground into flour, pressed for their oil, and added to water for drinking. Aztec warriors survived on rations of chia seeds. They were easy to carry in small pouches and just a few would provide the stamina and endurance they needed to get through the day.
According to Dr Oz website
- Chia delivers 42% of your recommended daily value of fiber in a single serving
- Ounce for ounce, chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon
- Chia delivers 18% of your daily value of calcium per ounce, which is three times more than skim milk
Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as “chia fresca.” As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods. I find them tasty and an interesting addition to my diet stated Dr. Andrew Weil on his website.
I recently tried Aztec Gold Chia Seeds. Aztec Gold is a premium source of chia which comes straight from the source in Jalisco, Mexico. The high altitude, rich climate, and red soil is the best combination for high-quality Chia. Aztec Gold is packaged where it is grown. To ensure quality, Aztec Gold rejects 70% of the seeds delivered to the factory thus ensuring that only the best seeds make it into their package. Aztec Gold is fully certified and quality checked. It is one of the only chia manufacturers with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Certification. Each shipment is tested by an accredited US laboratory prior to being released from the facility.
Aztec Gold Chia Seeds were provided to me for review by Minimus.biz. Minimus is the leading online retailer of single serving food items, travel sized toiletries, and other related minis. If it fits in your purse, then they probably have it. I love the story of how one family started this company. Leave to an enterprising mom to develop an entire company based on needing travel size condiments.
Minimus began when we (the Shrater family) were on a vacation to a cottage in New Hampshire. When we realized we would need to throw away several bottles of condiments at the end of our trip, we thought, “wouldn’t it be great if there was one place you could go for the small packets of condiments — better yet, a place to get all of your travel accessories and travel size item needs?” Sure you can go to your local grocery store or pharmacy for some of the items, but they don’t always have the best selection. What if you’ve always used Colgate, and all they have is Crest? Would you really want to drive all over town to cobble together items for your trip? Thus, Minimus.biz was born.
Since that initial idea, we’ve grown to include a variety of categories of travel size and trial size items. Many of the items are not available for retail sale anywhere else. Our offerings continue to grow with the help of our customers’ input. To be better in touch with our customers, we’ve setup a blog (online journal) on the site where there are interesting stories about our products, coupon codes, or stories and photos submitted from our customers.
We are located in two warehouses and office facilities in the Los Angeles area totaling 30,000 sq. ft. Apart from the retail website business, we also work with many major corporations, non-profits, and international exports with special wholesale pricing and fulfillment. We also offer wholesale pricing for our regular customers who want to order in larger quantities by the case.
Love the chia seeds and I was so amazed to find out there were tons of recipes you could use them in including pudding. They are a healthy choice for a snack and they are very filling. I recommend Aztec Gold Chia Seeds and I recommend supporting a family run, woman owned business, that just so happens to have this great snack and so much more.
Did I mention that Aztec Gold are vegan, nonGMO, gluten free, and Kosher? Well, they are and in this handy little 1-ounce packet they are perfect to pop into your purse for a quick snack while you are doing carpool duty or watching a soccer game.