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Pronounced “keen-whaa,” this ancient grain hails from Bolivia and Peru, where it was a major staple of the Incas (Incas actually considered it a sacred crop), and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. While many people thing Quinoa is a grain, it’s really a seed, and is more closely related to beets, spinach, and chard! Even the greens can be eaten. Quinoa is incredibly nutrient-rich and a complete protein containing all 20 amino acids.
Chia seeds are also not a true grain. Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Central America and were staple food for the ancient Aztec warriors. The chia seed is nutrient-dense and packs a punch of energy-boosting power. Aztec warriors said just one spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and chia seeds were known as “runners’ food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle. Chia contains many natural antioxidants and is rich in minerals, fiber and the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Chia seeds are also high in protein.