Chia: The Tiny Seed with a Punch


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We all remember that catchy little theme song from the commercials: ch-ch-ch-chia! How many of us know that besides growing grass-like “hair” on a terra cotta head, Chia seeds are considered to be one of nature’s “super” foods?

Chia
Supports heart health**
Contains Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA)
Delivers a good source of fiber
Contains Omega-3s
And, contains Omega-6 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids

Plus, chia seeds also contain the nutrients magnesium and manganese: impressive for a seed that is no bigger than a poppy seed!

Chia Seed Cultivation

Chia seeds are harvested from Salvia hispanica, a plant in the mint family that is indigenous to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds are available in black and white varieties. Here in the U.S., Salvia hispanica is also grown as an ornamental garden plant that grows up to 3 feet tall and produces spikes of pretty blue or white flowers during the warmer months of summer.

Chia Fresca Recipe

How do we use chia seeds in the kitchen? The most popular way to enjoy chia seeds is in a thirst-quenching beverage called Chia Fresca.

Despite its appearance (we admit Chia Fresca does bear a resemblance to a bunch of bugs suspended in gelatin) this drink is actually quite refreshing. In fact, the word “fresca” means fresh in Spanish.

While there are several different ways to prepare Chia Fresca, the basic recipe is water, chia seeds and fruit juice with optional sweetener added (maple syrup is a great addition).

To make a Chia Fresca, use:
about 10 oz. of water
1 tablespoon dry chia seeds
a few teaspoons lemon or lime juice (or both)
honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)

Place the chia seeds in a glass and add the water while you stir. Let the seeds sit for about five minutes so they soak up the water. Stir again, and let sit for as long as you like. The longer the mixture sits, the more gel-like the seeds and water become, so if you don’t desire a thick beverage, less sitting time is preferable. Add citrus juice and sweetener to taste.

Alternate recipes replace the water with other fruit juice, such as pomegranate or even chilled coconut milk. Go ahead, get creative and enjoy.

Superb Sprinkles

If you’re still not convinced you’ll appreciate Chia Fresca, you could sprinkle chia seeds on a salad. You can mix them into your favorite smoothie, add them to pancakes or muffins, or mix them with coconut water and freeze them into chia pops.

So, what exactly are you getting when you add chia seeds to your diet? Chia seeds can be used to supplement your diet with essential fatty acids and fiber. A plant-based source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, chia seeds can be added to virtually any recipe. Because they have a neutral flavor you can sprinkle them into your favorite dishes without worry that they will overpower the flavor of other herbs and spices.

Chia seeds provide dietary fiber, which plays a role in the maintenance of a healthy functioning of the GI tract and can support colon health** Getting your daily recommended intake of fiber also promotes heart health.**

In addition to all of that, Chia seeds provide the essential nutrients, Omega-3 in the form of Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Omega-6 as Linoleic Acid (LA). These essential fatty acids help support heart and skin health.** Chia seeds add Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, and protein to any dish, and their neutral flavor keeps your recipes tasting just how you like them.**

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Gray
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I use chia seeds everyday! I take a tablespoon full in the mornings. I also make jam w/them as well as waffles and pancakes.

  2. Mary Rupp
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Just placed an order (Receipt#125831374) and if I was aware of the Chia Seeds I would probably have ordered that. Just talked to Janae and she was very helpful and I’ll call her back when I receive my order. I’ve been your customer for a long time and am happy with what I’ve purchased.

  3. Virginia
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I grind up my chia seeds so they are less likely to get stuck in my teeth! I have about 2 tsp in my oatmeal 5 days a week and I give credit to that lowering my cholesterol levels when nothing else ever worked for me!

  4. June
    Posted July 12, 2015 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I liked Virginia’s comment regarding how chai and oatmeal worked well to help with her cholesterol lowering it. I’m always looking for good advice since I’ve been fighting cholesterol for years. I don’t like meds they put you on because they only cause another problem. Natural is the only way to go. Thanks Virgina

  5. June
    Posted July 12, 2015 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you.

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