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When is National Chia Day?

March 23rd is National Chia Day.

What is National Chia Day?

Chia seeds are small but powerful. They pack a nutritional punch rivaled by few other foods. On National Chia Day, we hold aloft this potent grain and celebrate its health benefits.

In the same family as mint and basil, chia seeds take a different approach in life. Their leaves aren’t too useful. It’s all about the seeds. People are sprinkling these all over yogurts, casseroles, desserts, and anything else they can justify.

As any chia fanatic can tell you, the Aztecs and Mayans highly esteemed chia seeds. The Mayan word for “strength” was “chia,” and the Aztecs may have even had sacred uses for chia seeds.

These whole-grain seeds have swept the nation. National Chia Day is your chance to find new and creative ways to boost your health with this tiny dietary powerhouse.

Fun facts about National Chia Day!

Chia seeds are loaded with protein and antioxidants.

They contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, though animal sources of omega-3s tend to be higher quality.

Most of the carbs in chia seeds are fiber.

Unlike flaxseeds, chia seeds don’t have to be ground, so they’re easier to use.

These are the same seeds used in the popular Chia Pets of the 1980s, clay figures that held chia seeds as they sprouted to look like the figurine’s fur.

The organic superfood company Mamma Chia created National Chia Day in 2016.

How to celebrate National Chia Day:

Add chia seeds to your porridge, oatmeal, or smoothie.

Give your vegetable, yogurt, or rice dish a dusting of chia seeds.

Find a public place, hold a chia seed high in the air, and proclaim its nutritional glories.

What’s the hashtag for National Chia Day?

Use #NationalChiaDay on social media to celebrate the mighty chia seed.