Last night I had the pleasure of having many local DOTMC ladies over for a Persian supper (Molly Neuman- you were seriously missed).
I made a traditional (and nutritional) Persian drink using seeds known as "Tokhme Sharbati," or Chia Seeds. In dry form, they resemble black poppy seeds...but when thrown into any liquid, they plump up like little froggy eyes. Imagine a much smaller version of the tapioca balls you see in bubble teas...maybe that is less gross of a description...?
The drink I made is a refreshing tonic made with water, rosewater, superfine sugar, and a healthy amount of chia seeds. This is what is looked like:
The seeds have been written about extensively throughout history- from Ancient Persia to the early Aztecs and now- even Oprah's main doctor dudes (Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil) have expounded on the many health benefits of the Chia seed. Here's a mini-manifesto from Dr. Weil- including the Mexican/Central American drink recipe for "Chia Fresca."
Also- the Living Foods website (a site devoted to the benefits of a raw foods) has an excellent and in-depth look at all the health benefits of the seed as well.
My family has always sworn by the healing benefits of drinking iced tea or water with the Chia seeds- how it aids with digestion, eases upset stomachs and nausea, and just generally serves as an all around happy tonic.