Okay, so I’m not running at the moment – I have a bit of an injury: niggles with hamstrings etc. But that doesn’t stop me eating well and looking out for foods that are great for runners! And here’s one: CHIA SEEDS! I read about them first in Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run, as one of the ‘wonder foods’ eaten by the Tarahumara Native Americans that helps sustain them in their mega-distance running. And when I was in the supermarket today, they were the new product on the seeds and nuts shelf. I had to buy them! And in a new book I got for Christmas about food nutrition (The Illustrated Food Remedies Sourcebook, by C Norman Shealy), it had a page on them. About Chia seeds it said ‘There may be no other food as rich in overall nutrients and health benefits as chia – the “strength” food of the Aztecs’. It also said that today it is widely used by marathon runners. Yeah! Hopefully!
So I washed and chopped up some ‘hearts of romaine’ lettuce, some young spinach, some sweetheart cabbage, some button mushrooms, some cherry tomatoes, some rocha pear, some walnuts, some crumbled blue cheese, and a spoonful of chia seeds. It took less them 10 minutes to prepare – everything fresh and raw and really yummy!