January 18, 2010
Most of us have heard the word chia before, whether it was in the food industry recently or years ago referring to a fuzzy, green “pet”. The chia seed has been a prominent seed in my life for a few years now. I have been making chia porridge in the mornings for breakfast, putting chia seeds in my smoothies, sprinkling them on salads, and even using them for breads and crackers.
Chia seeds are known for being rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This tiny seed also is high in protein, dietary fiber, and phytochemicals. Chia seeds contains essential minerals like phosphorus and manganese. They contain small amounts of calcium, potassium, and sodium, as well.
Create your own smoothie and stir in a tablespoon of chia seeds, mix well, and let sit for 20 minutes. You can do the same thing by adding chia seeds to nut milk. The more chia seeds you use, the thicker the consistancy will become. As the chia sits still, it becomes gelatinous. This is caused by the soluble fiber in the chia.
Chia seeds hold 10 times their weight in water and are extremely hydrating. Play around with this magical seed and see what you can create!
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