Friday, January 15, 2010

What I like to do with chia seeds

Chia seeds are magic. I've been eating them in granola, sprinkling them over salads, and like this. If you put chia seeds in water, or other delicious liquids, they gelatinize. Is that a real word? Either way, there's something special about chia seeds. They're full of omegas, antioxidants, protein, iron, fiber and calcium. I've been trying to be a little bit healthier (we'll see how that turns out), and having a snack of chia 'pudding' is much better for me than my usual snacks.

This requires nothing more than a little bit of time. No cooking, just two ingredients, what could be simpler? Let the chia sit in the liquid of your choice and it turns into a really interesting jell-o type thing.
Chia snack

1/2 c juice, soymilk, water, or liquid of your choice
optional third ingredient - honey, agave nectar, some sweetener if using milk or water

Combine ingredients. Let sit for 20 minutes or so, stirring once or twice. Eat!

14 comments:

  1. thanks for talking bout this! NEVER tried chia seeds! :(

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  2. Yum! I've had chia seed mixtures but never just on their own. Definitely a must try =D.

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  3. Interesting that you just made a jell-o thing with them! I need to find some - I seem not to digest flax seeds all that well, maybe chia seeds will be easier!

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  4. cool beans! I love chia but usually them in things. I should try them by themselves.

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  5. They're GREAT to bake with as well. I've been experimenting with them and they are really magical. Not to mention that they are an omega 3 powerhouse.

    ~Ellen

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  6. theyre not all gooey-going because of some treatment to make them stick on your terra cotta head, are they?

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  7. Thank you so much sharing the great recipe with us. And wondered about idea where we can by chia seeds?And is there a possibilty of eating too much chia seeds?What would you recommend as a daily dosage?

    Best Regards,

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  9. so it turns out chia seeds are nothing spooky afterall - its an ethnically well-known and loved plant of the salvia genus from central america = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica - pretty decent looking garden plant like most salvias and easy to grow - gooey and nutritious - who knew

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  10. Travels4Food10:24 AM

    Agua Fresca de Chia is evidently a very popular South American beverage - make a lemon or lime-ade, stir in chia seeds, let sit for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for at least another 10 minutes. You get a chewy, crunchy, refreshing drink with enormous health benefits. If you discover other ways to use these, please let us know!

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  11. I like it with oatmeal.Like you said it makes the sauce or water thick.Sprinkle with chia and other berries.Mmmmmmmmmm...........yummy!!!


    Thanks to Hidalgo Foods for my chia and berries.

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  12. Anonymous9:52 AM

    use chocolate soy milk as your seed-soaking beverage... yum!! no guilt dessert!

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  13. I bought a bunch of Chia seeds and they are not too gross in my smoothie if I drink it right away....because the thought of eating OR drinking that gelatinous goo is so gross to me! I wish it wasn't because it would be easy to do!

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  14. Anonymous2:16 AM

    Try it in peanut butter!

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