Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Chia Seeds

By Ashley Beck | June 25, 2013

Name: Chia (Salvia Hispanica), a flowering plant; member of the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Origins: Indigenous to Central and Southern Mexico and Guatemala. Cultivated in pre-Columbian era by Aztec’s and was said to be as important a crop as maize (corn).

Nutritional Value: 1 oz. of chia seeds contains 18% of daily calcium intake, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese similarly to other nutritious seeds such as sesame and flax.

Prep: Chia seeds are easily added to  smoothies, oatmealsalads, etc… for an extra boost of energy. You can even make them into a delicious and healthful pudding! The seeds, when added to a liquid, give off a gelatin-like substance making this Chia Seed Pudding Recipe a cinch.

photo: elmastudio

Photo: elmastudio


For more Back to Basics recipes and articles:

Argan Oil

Spring Garlic

Baby Bok Choy




More about: , , , ,

You Might Also Like:


Featured Recipe

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger