Ch- ch- ch- Chia!

Chia Seeds…..who would have thought there was mega-nutrition in the seeds that sprouted those silly, hairy plants advertised on TV!  Actually, chia seeds have been around for thousands of years.  They were a revered food of the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures.  Chia seeds are packed with plant nutrients with antioxidant properties.  They are also an excellent source of protein, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.

I buy my organic chia seeds from Nutiva…the same company where I get my high-quality coconut oil and hemp seeds.  These seeds are already ground and ready to be added to yogurt, cooked cereals, and smoothies.  When chia seeds are soaked in a liquid for a period of time, they hydrate into a gel.  This gel can be part of a smoothie or pudding…..see the new post on my Recipes page 🙂  It can also function as a thickener in other recipes, or as an egg replacement.

So instead of turning chia seeds into a grassy coffee table decoration…….eat the seeds!

Source: nutiva.com

 

 

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