You've probably heard of Chia before (remember Chia Pets?) but did you know you could eat it? No... we don't want you to chow down on your fluffy green animal friend. Chia Seeds, however, are an amazing superfood packed with essential nutrients.
Chia seeds are from the same family as mint and have been traditionally used as an important food source in Mexico and Central America for Thousands of years. They were even a main food source for Aztec warriors! These little seeds contain so much good stuff that it's kind of unbelievable that they haven't become more popluar as a food source until recently.
Here are just a few reasons why you might want to add some Chia into your diet:
+ Chia seeds are a good source of protein, good fat and fiber.
+ They can be eaten whole as a snack, or ground into a flour for use in baking (similar to flax seeds).
+ They are higher in protein than flax seeds and can be eaten whole, whereas flax has to be ground into a flour to be eaten.
+ They also become a jelly when mixed in with water so you can drink them easily! See recipe below.
+ The plant is naturally resistant to bugs so it is easy to find organic varieties.
+ Chia seeds contain many important nutrients such as phosphorous, calcium, potassium and Omega-3's.
+ Gluten Free replacement for flour.
How to Eat It:
- Mix ground chia into flour you are using for baking to add nutrients and protein... this makes it perfect for muffins, pancakes or smoothies.
- Eat raw as a snack. This works best if you sprinkle them on top of your salad, cereal or yogurt.
- Make Chia Fresca!
Chia Fresca Recipe
Mix 1 Tbs. Chia Seeds with 10-20 oz. of water and stir thoroughly.
Allow to sit for about 15 minutes. The Seeds will break down into a gel. Mix in the juice from 1 lime.
Add in any other fruit (or natural fruit juice of your choosing... we recommend coconut water or pomegranate juice.)
Stir and sweeten (if desired) with Stevia, or Raw Honey or Agave Syrup.
It's like lemonade with a full serving of protein and omgea-3 :)
Chia Bonita Salad
1/4 cup Black Beans, cooked
1/4 cup Roasted Corn
1/4 Avocado, sliced
1 cup Romaine Lettuce
1/4 cup Tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup White Onions, diced
1 tsp Cayenne Powder or diced Jalapeno (optional)
2 cups Romaine Lettuce
2 Tbs. Chia Seeds
4 oz. Grilled Lean Chicken Breast (optional)
Mix Chia Seeds, Tomato, Onion, Lime Juice and spices together in a bowl to make a nutrient dense pico de gallo dressing. Toss the remaining ingredients together separately and top with the pico.
Our favorite G.T.'s Kombucha also just came out with a Raspberry Chia flavor of it's Synergy drink. So good!!!
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