Ch-ch-ch-chia. Does that conjure up images of this for anyone else?
Lucky for you, chia seeds don’t come from chia pets. I had never heard of them until Jeff randomly brought home a bag last year and started adding them to his yogurt. I’m pretty sure he was secretly watching the Dr. Oz show at work, and learned about the amazing health benefits these little powerhouses pack into one tiny, tiny seed.
According to the great (Dr.) Oz, chia seeds were a staple in the diets of the Aztecs and Mayans. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.” They’ve been around forever, but just recently got noticed for their ridiculously awesome health benefits. They’re unusually high in fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more – even protein. All for a minimum number of calories and a pleasant crunch.
They look and feel exactly like poppy seeds. So I thought they’d be a great candidate for my lemon poppyseed muffin recipe. I was right. They’re perfect and, combined with the greek yogurt in these muffins, you could almost call them healthy.
p.s. We find chia seeds at our regular grocery store, usually in the organic or health food section. When baking these muffins, don’t let them get golden brown on top. That’s overdone. You want a nice pale yellow and the muffins to be set in the center when you jiggle them.