This tiny seed, descended from the mint family, was a staple of Aztec Warriors and Mayans, providing them with stamina and endurance. Now hailed as a modern day superfood, chia seeds are packed with essential nutrients, antioxidants and minerals including calcium, fibre, iron, manganese, and phosphorous. In fact, chia is reportedly the highest plant-based source of omega-3. Moreover, this exceptionally nutritious seed has a special property which slows our body’s conversion of carbohydrates to sugar—so energy is released slowly and the usual blood glucose highs and lows are avoided. No wonder chia has been hailed as an ‘endurance food’!