Native to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds, known for sprouting green “fur” on kitschy pottery pets, have become all the rage among superfood seekers. And it’s no surprise—chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. “If you’re not someone who eats a lot of fish, they’re a great way to get plant-based omega-3s in your diet,” says Blatner. “They have an awesome taste, crunch, and nutty flavor. I keep them in a glass shaker in the refrigerator at eye level so I can easily find them and shake them on my oatmeal, smoothies, salads, or stir-fries.”
Language: Add to Cart Many other ancient power-packed foods, however, are still awaiting worldwide recognition. Teff, a poppy seed-sized grain that is believed to have originated in Ethiopia sometime between 4000 and 1000 B.C., is traditionally used to make a spongy flatbread known as injera, which is either eaten alone or beneath meats, vegetables and sauces. Teff is high in fiber, protein and many essential minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. The naturally gluten-free grain contains a relatively low amount of phytic acid, allowing the human body to more readily absorb the grain’s nutrients and, consequently, helping Ethiopians to stave off diseases such as anemia and osteoporosis. Samples of what is believed to be teff have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, indicating that the grain may have been cultivated—and revered—outside of Ethiopia thousands of years ago.
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