It’s difficult to overstate the value of the miraculous superfood that is the chia seed, especially for its potential to bolster and round out a vegetarian diet. The tiny seeds are so nutritious that a single tablespoon is believed to sustain a person for 24 hours of strenuous activity. Chia seeds are, cheap, easy to grow, can be added to any food, and are increasingly available in health food stores and through a multitude of online retailers.
In this modern day and age, the sugary drink is often considered king. While our grandmothers and grandfathers often reached for a nice cup of tea to quench the thirst, we often reach for a chemical-laden sugary drink that has little nutrient content and is filled with questionable additives. The result of this modern dietary practice is a dramatic increase in diseases such as diabetes, which is directly connected to our out-of-control consumption of processed foods.
Long revered for their healing properties, fragrance and flavor, herbs have also played a powerfully symbolic role in the culture and religion of countless civilizations throughout the ages. Ancient Greek and Roman gods were closely associated with individual herbs, medieval Christian lore abounds in herbal legends, and the Victorians devised a detailed dictionary of floral language.
The use of herbs throughout history probably started with cavemen watching which plants the animals ate. The Lascaux Cave, in France, contains wall paintings that include pictures of humans with herbs. It is estimated to have been painted between 25,000 and 13,000 B.C. It is widely thought that herbs have been a source of food ever since humans came to be.