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22 Exciting Ways To Cook With Chia Seeds

No need to be scared of these bad boys. Because really, they're food's perfect accessory.

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So, what do chia seeds actually do for you?

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• Chia belonged to the diets of the Mayans and the Aztecs; in fact, "chia" got its name from the Mayan word for "strength."

• There are nearly 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per each 1-ounce serving. (That's about 42% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, which is poop-er important.)

• The powerful seed also has a ton of the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; this is good, because we cannot produce them on our own, and they help keep us pretty.

• An ounce of chia seeds also contains about 18% of your recommended daily calcium intake. This is three times more than a serving of skim milk would give you!