Chia Seeds for Energy, Endurance, and Strength

If you want the lean, strong body of your dreams. You want to be more active than you’ve ever been, and feeling good about it, rush out to your local health food store and get some chia seeds. Don’t wait. Go now. When you get back, I’ll tell you how to use them, and why they are the perfect dietary supplement for your nutritional plan. Whether your goal, is sports performance, a healthy body, or weight loss, you want them!

Originally published 2010

If you can’t find them at your local health food store, you can buy them online. Oh yeah, and pick up some Agave Nectar while you’re there. Oh yeah, and some lemons or lemon juice. You can thank me later.

I’d like to thank Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen for an amazing insightful and informative book. It convinced me that we were indeed born to run (we’re built for it), and it introduced to me the amazing transformative powers of Chia seeds. Can’t thank you enough, Chris!

Say Goodbye to Hunger!

Soluble fiber is the key to feeling satisfied after a meal, and to staying satisfied for a reasonable amount of time afterwards. Chia seeds provide exactly the right kind of fiber to accomplish that goal. When mixed with water, chia seeds turn into a kind of gel in 15 minutes or so. Only they don’t clump together. So the mixture tastes like little balls of jello!

Iskiate (is-kee-AH-tay) Recipe

  • Tall glass of water, Lemon juice, 1 level tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • Wait 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Make a salad while you’re waiting
  • Between them, you’ll have all the nutrients, fiber, and roughage you need for the entire day!


  • In the recipes I’ve seen, Iskiate is supposed to made with honey. But honey doesn’t mix well with cold water. Agave Nectar does. So I save the honey for tea and snacks. Besides, the agave plant is native to South America, where the chia plant originally comes from. So I’m guessing that the original Aztec recipe used agave at least as frequently as honey.
  • Lately, I’ve been adding chia seeds to my morning coffee. I stir it up well, and let the seeds soak up moisture as I sip the coffee.

Other dietary items described in the book:

  • The book also describes Pinole, which is basically roast and ground corn. It tastes pretty much like popcorn, but I can’t say I was all that fond of it, when I found some. The long distance runners described in the book carry it with them while they’re running, so it must be worth something.
  • The nutritionist in the book recommends sprouts plus Iskiate. That combination, too, gives you all the nutrients, soluble fiber and roughage you’ll need for physical activity during most of the day, if not all of it.

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