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“Chia seeds are known as a superfood that offer a great source of plant based proteins, potassium, fiber, essential fatty acids and minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, and sodium,” Ficek explained. “Unfortunately, chia seeds are not easily found in grocery stores and they can often be expensive for a small package.” Instead she recommends flax seeds, noting that they offer the same nutritional benefits and are usually more easily found at the grocery store. Dickson recommends sesame seeds as another nutritious chia seed alternative. “Sesame seeds have double the iron, an important nutrient that many women are deficient in,” she said. “Plus, compared to chia seeds, sesame seeds are higher in calcium, B6, magnesium, potassium, and protein.”