In pre-Columbian times the Maya and Aztecs revered chia seeds for their amazing energy and natural healing powers.Â One tablespoon of the seeds was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for 24 hours.Â A component of both societies diets, the ancient grainÂ played a prominent role in religious ceremonies, too. Today, chia is the force behind the famous long distance runners, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexicoâ€™s Copper Canyon. Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family, which grows in North and South America. Consumed as early as 3,000 B.C., chia seeds were eaten as a grain, mixed with water, ground into flour, mixed into medicines, and pressed for omega-3 oil. As anyone who has followed my capricious dietary peregrinations since the start of this site knows, these extraordinary seeds offer a complete nutritional profile of omega-3, balanced dietary fiber, complete protein, antioxidants and minerals – chia really is one of the worldâ€™s healthiest whole foods.Â Now along comes Mamma Chia, a new all-organic beverage pairing chia seeds, fruit juice, and a light touch of agave. With flavors like BlackberryÂ Hibiscus, Cherry Lime, Raspberry Passion, Coconut Mango, andÂ PomegranateÂ Mint, it’s official: chia has gone mainstream. Which is a good thing, really, because I’m addicted to the funky viscosity of these little super seeds.