Chia seeds were a key component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were instrumental in the basic survival as food rations for Aztec warriors. Historians have also called it the third most important crop to the Aztecs behind only maize and beans. Chia seeds provide a remarkable dose of omega-3 and omega-6 and are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. Enjoy the nutty-tasting whole-grain chia seeds both whole and freshly ground. Use them mixed in your morning oatmeal, on cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese or in salads, soups, pancakes, salsa and even smoothies.