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Chia is a native Andean grain and used as a vital fueling food by the ancient Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. Chia, meaning ‘strength’ in Mayan, has a natural balance of healthy Omega 3 fat, fibre and protein. It offers up the important minerals: calcium, manganese, phosphorous and folate. Chia holds 14 times its weight in water, so supports digestive health by internally hydrating and gently removing toxins from the lower intestine. Research indicates that chia helps to lower blood glucose levels, reduce bad cholesterol and acts as a natural blood thinner to support cardiovascular health. Add to smoothies, sauces, soups and stews and sprinkle on yoghurt, salads and cereals.
Quinoa is an ancient Andean seed that has been enjoyed by ancient and indigenous people for over 5,000 years. Quinoa offers up fiber and is a source of many minerals such as: manganese, copper; calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Research indicates that it has anti-inflammatory nutrients and rich in anti-oxidants. It has all of the essential amino acids and its amino acid balance of protein is comparable to milk. Its myriad and amount of essential amino acids make it a great choice for brain and cognizant development for children. Enjoy it on its own or use as a salad base, tasty side dish or swap it out for your morning cereal.