Cha Cha Cha Chia

January 24, 2014
Chia Seeds with the word Chia written

On Wednesday I recieved the following question: What is the deal with chia seeds and how can they be incorporated into our diet? Well here is my answer.

Does anyone remember Chia pets? Cha Cha Cha Chia. Well the chia pet’s hair was grown from the chia seed. Today instead of growing green pet hair we eat the seeds. Chia seeds are receiving a lot of attention for their source of omega-3 fatty acid. Additionally, this seed is also an excellent source of fiber, protein and minerals including iron, magnesium and zinc.

There are some claims saying that the chia seed can help improve heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. The research claiming this information is limited, but still we know the seed is rich in other important nutrients as I mentioned above.

So if you want to include the chia seed into your diet try these ideas. The chia seed can be consumed raw or cooked. You can try sprinkling whole chia seeds on cereal, into rice, yogurt or even vegetables. When chia seeds are added to water or a liquid they begin to absorb the liquid they are in. The quickly develop a gelatinous texture so it is easy to add them to cooked cereal or other cooked dishes. If you are feeling adventurous you can also get the sprouted version and add it to sandwiches or salads.

I found this recipe of Bob’s Red Mill’s Website: I am going to try to this weekend and I will report back. I am sure I will limit the amount of sugar I add. :)

 

Lemon Chia Fresca

1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1/2 cup Water
Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 cup Sugar
32 fl oz Club Soda
Lemon wedges, to garnish

Combine chia seed and water in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat just until granules dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide chia seed and lemon syrup evenly between the glasses. Top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

 

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