The Chia Seed

January 18, 2010

Just Chia!

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.

Superfoods on top of chia porriage!

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.

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The pure excitement of a morning chia treat!

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.

Chocolate Chia Porridge

mmmmm yum!

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!

Chia Smoothie Parfait

For more information on Chia visit:

http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html

http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/organic.html

One Response to “The Chia Seed”

  1. Interesting. I am likely to try that this weekend.

    I’ve all the ingredients!

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