Ok, so I just discovered the Chia seed. (yes, it IS the seed from the famous, Chia Pet)
Seriously, Chia, where have you been all my life? We found a recipe for a "power breakfast" which included the seed, and now we are totally hooked. You guys, these things are amazing.
The benefits are pretty remarkable. First off, they are said to help weight loss and reduce food cravings. The seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel; this will leave you feeling full for hours without the added calories!
Chia seeds are extremely high in Omega 3, Protein and Fiber. By weight, the Chia seed actually has more Omega 3's than Salmon! Skip the fishy taste and add these to any of your favorite dishes and you can get the same health benefits. The Chia seed is also high in anti-oxidants which aids in preventing premature aging. The best part is, a very small amount goes a long way.
You don't need to grind them like Flaxseed and they really have no taste and will blend in nicely with almost anything. We have been adding them to everything from our Oatmeal in the morning to protein shakes. I just also made some no-bake power balls that I substituted flax seed with Chia seeds instead and they turned out delicious.
For the entire list of benefits, read HERE. Is anyone else on the Chia bandwagon too?