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Ch-ch-ch-CHIA

May 23, 2008

When you think of chia you probably think of Chia Pets. I never realized that chia seeds were edible until I became interested in reducing grains in my diet and seeking out new, healthy ingredients. It turns out they are an amazing food.

You can find chia seeds at health markets, online, or at Wholefoods. Make sure you get the ones that are raw, non-GMO, non-irradiated, and produced without pesticides.

So why are these tiny black seeds so great? To start off, they are extremely high in Omega 3 and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They feature a perfect balance of essential fatty acids: 30% of chia seed oil is Omega 3 oil and 40% is Omega 6 oil. Studies also show that eating chia seed slows down our bodies’ conversion of carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This is great for preventing spikes in blood sugar, whether you are diabetic or not. Chia seeds are also highly hydrophilic, capable of absorbing 10 times their weight in water, and of great help in keeping bodies hydrated.

Chia seeds gel when wet and, when in our digestive systems, this gel prevents absorption of some of the food (and calories) that we eat. This makes the chia seed a great helper for those looking to lose weight! They also help by making you feel fuller faster so you will be less hungry.

Try this easy recipe as a great replacement for granola or cereal, or as a tasty desert!

  • Soak a bowl of Chia Seeds (the suckers expand so put in about ½ inch to start) overnight, then rinse well
  • Add to a bowl of unsweetened almond milk, making sure the seeds are completely covered in the milk
  • Let stand 10-15 minutes. Magic! The seeds get huge.
  • Sweeten to taste with stevia or xyletol

Wow! Instead of heavily-refined grain cereal or highly-glycemic granola, you are eating a raw ‘seed’ cereal that is filling and satisfying. Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!

For more info check out this article, too:

http://healthinmotion.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/chia-seeds-loaded-with-omega-3s/489/

10 comments

  1. I’m having a hard time eating the chia after its soaked in almond milk because of its gel-like consistency. Would ot be wrong to just stir it in water and drink it? Or do I need to let it become gel-like before dr eat it?thank you for all your help!!!!!


    • No you don’t have to wait until it becomes gel-like. It will bulk up in your belly!!


  2. Hi Kimberly,
    I still feel a bit hungry after waiting 20 minutes after drinking my green smoothie. Any suggestions on things to eat afterwards. I have been trying chia seeds in almond milk with stevia and cinnamon, is there a better choice than that or is this a good choice? Thanks!


    • HI Dawn! After the green smoothie, you can have some toasted sprouted bread (1-2 pieces) or an avocado. You can also do the chia seeds, but if you do that be sure to wait at least 3 hrs until lunch. xx Kimberly


      • Hi Kim, can you explain why you would have to wait 3 hours to eat lunch after eating the chia seeds?
        Thanks!


  3. Can I add Chia seed to the green smoothie?


    • I wouldn’t- it will digest much better without it!


  4. I tried a similar recipe with quinoa. I have not eaten chia before and I look forward to trying this.
    Thanks for sharing!


  5. Hi there! Yay, I´m so glad you are up for making your own milk. You can make a decent amount of nut milk and it keeps good for a week to a week and a half. Just make sure you have a blender and a cheese cloth. I´ll post it soon. It´s super easy!!! 😉


  6. Totally want to try this! How about a recipe for almond or brazil nut milk? It’s hard to find in Europe.



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