I’ve talked a lot about Joe Rogan and how he’s given me a lot of great ideas in terms of getting fit and eating a bit healthier. Someone else who I follow and admire a lot is Mike Dolce. Anyone who’s a fan of the UFC will likely have heard of the Dolce Diet, which is the creation of Mike. He was once a professional MMA fighter but has now made the switch to helping fighters lose weight efficiently and healthily.
So what does Mike Dolce have to do with chia seeds? I was listening to his podcast The Mike Dolce Show and heard him talking about how chia seeds are a great source of energy. All along I thought they were only good for growing small green sprouts on tiny ceramic animals, so imagine my surprise when I heard you could actually eat them too!
The history of chia seeds in North America goes back to the Native American indians who ate chia seeds prior to and while running. They would carry little more than water and chia seeds for sustenance and were able to run great distances. But the history of chia seeds actually goes back much further than that, back to Mexico and South America where Aztec and Mayan warriors would eat chia seeds for nourishment during battles and hunting expeditions. The word “chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength!
Chia seeds have experienced a bit of a resurgance lately, and not in the form of novelty counter top sculptures. Due to their high content of protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and tons of other good stuff, chia seeds are a popular superfood among athletes and those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With so many ways to prepare them and integrate them into your diet, there’s no reason to not eat chia seeds!