Monday, December 7, 2009

Chia-It's Not Just for the Pets!

NO not That kind of Chia!

I never had a chia "pet" as a child, but I'm a huge fan of them now! If chia seeds aren't already under your radar, go now, and put them on your grocery list!

behold the chia seeds
These little seeds pack a nutrient punch! They are antioxident rich, nutient dense, and one of the highest known whole food source of omega 3 fatty acids. Plus,25 grams of chia gives you 6.9 grams of fiber! They are a source of complete protein, and contain all of the essential amino acids. Ancient Aztec runners used to use them to fuel their ultra marathons.
the endurance duo- coconut water and chia seeds. Thank you!
now i can run forever!

Not only that, but one of their greatest proprieties is the ability to make a gel when mixed with any liquid. Add to a milk and let sit for 15 minutes, and they start to resemble tapioca.

My favorite combination is Chia seeds, soaked in milk of choice + amazing grass chocolate powder=Nutrient-filled all-natural "tapioca" Although i am a lover of all things tapioca, or just puddingy in general, this kicks them out of the water, nutrient wise!

For Good Recipes with Chia-Check out these lovely posts!

Michelle and Lori at Pure2Raw did an excellent post about chia for athletes and dieters! And while you're there, peruse their amazing recipes and enter their giveaway!

You can get chia at Whole Foods, on many online natural food stores, or even your local grocery stores! (spotted some in Shaws/Star Market yesterday, for the New Englanders out there!)

have you tried chia?? any favorite recipes to share???


Pure2Raw Twins said...

You know we love our chia!!! And great for running! Thanks for the link to our giveaway :)

Kristen @ Simply Savor said...

thanks for the comment with all of your great suggestions on my "foods to try"! and i lvoed this post on chia seeds-soo informative. definitely saving some of these recipe ideas to use once i try some out. thanks girl!

Ricki said...

Yum! Chia seeds are my favorites and especially chia tapioca! :)

Julia said...

Does Whole Foods sell whole chia seeds? I could only find ground chia seeds when I looked.

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

@Julia Look for the Navitas brand or Salba brand, sometimes they have it. Amazon is also a great source!

Annabelle Ho said...

chia's great!
i wonder how it tastes sprouted...

Alison said...

Hi! I just linked you to a post on my new blog!