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Crack the Crackers!



If you haven't heard of chia seeds yet, you evidently avoid the world of healthy living. Chia seeds gained a huge popularity in the last few years as they are easy to digest and very versatile. Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica), originate from Mexico where the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. Chia actually means “strength” in the Mayan language. In the Christopher Mc Dougal's book Born to run, the author speaks of the Tarahumara or “the running people” , a Mexican tribe of super athletes who run 50 or 100 miles at a time for pure enjoyment, seemingly without effort. The Tarahumara diet is described in some small detail in the book, with repeated mention of two staples — pinole and chia seeds. Recent research has found that the chia seeds are really a superfood. They promote healthy skin, reduce signs of aging, support the heart and digestive system, build stronger bones and muscles, and more. The recipe below is super easy and the crackers are a healthy option for an afternoon snack or even for a healthy dinner with some avocado spread.

Chia seeds crackers

Ingredients

40 grams of chia seeds

200 ml water

120 grams of various seeds: sesame, pumpkin, sunflower

1 tsp. dried oregano or thyme leaves

1 tsp. salt

Directions

1.Combine all ingredients with water and let sit for at least half an hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 170 C/330 F. Line a big baking tray with parchment paper.

3. Spread the seed mixture on the baking paper evenly, in a thin layer.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, take the baking tray out of the oven, cut into small crackers, turn, return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes.