Obsessed, Ed. 4 “Chia Seeds”

Until this year, I was under the impression that chia seeds main benefit was their ability to grow funny hair on ceramic 80’s figures such as elephants…

…or Mr T.

I have since learned that my assumption couldn’t be further from the truth!

Chia is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains more Omega 3s than any other plant source (including flax).  It’s also a good source of protein, potassium and fiber along with many other essential nutrients.

Chia seeds are hydrophilic and absorb 9-12 times their weight in water (or other liquids) in under 10 minutes. This liquid absorption is held in a gel type membrane surrounding their seed pod.   This membrane not only makes it easy to adhere the seeds to the side of chia pets, but also is a great attribute when using chia in cooking and baking.

In Mexico, chia seeds are stirred into water and lime juice to make a drink called “chia fresca”. This is a great energy drink. 

But I’ve found the uses of chia are much further reaching. Here are just a few easy ways to add them to your diet:

  • Mix a 1/2 T of chia seeds into bean burger mixtures to use as a binding agent in place of the egg
  • Chia is a thickening agent in my steel-cut oatmeal
  • I’ve used it in making homemade jams to create a thicker jelly rather than using cornstarch
  • You can add the seeds to bread dough
  • Use it in recipes in place of flax
  • Use it to grow sprouts to add to salads and sandwiches
  • And even just add it to milk with a little agave to make a “pudding”

*This is one seed that has made its way into the staple section of my pantry*

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2 Responses to “Obsessed, Ed. 4 “Chia Seeds””

  1. I love chia seeds!

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