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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/