Ch Ch Chia-What’s the Hype?

As I was creating, devouring, and sharing this incredible breakfast bowl, I was surprised to see how many people weren’t familiar with chia seeds.

 

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What are Chia Seeds?

 

Chia is a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.  These seeds are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants, and they also provide calcium, fiber, iron, and magnesium.  Chia seeds were an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, and remain a dietary staple in  many South and Central American countries.

 

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Why Eat Chia Seeds?

 

The benefits of chia seeds, also known as salvia hispanica, are plentiful!  Chia seeds can be eaten raw or in a variety of recipes.  Many people even drink them in their favorite juices and smoothies.  Chia seeds are important in hydration.  They can hold 9x their weight in water, which is why they have caught the attention of distance runners.

 

Chia also…

* Provides energy
* Boosts strength
* Bolsters endurance
* Levels blood sugar
* Induces weight loss
* Aids intestinal regularity

 

 

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What Should You Do with Chia?

 

My favorite way to eat chia seeds is for breakfast before a long run.  I love Overnight Oats and of course the Dough Boy Smoothie.  My newest discovery is this Breakfast Chia Bowl.  Chia is a wonderful addition to smoothies and shakes and it’s texture, when mixed with water, lends itself to gels and puddings.

 

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Here are some new recipes to try…

 

Chia Pomegranate Pudding

From Dr. Oz

 

1 oz ground chia seeds

3/4 cup pomegranate juice

 

Directions

Mix ingredients together in small bowl. Let sit for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

 

Chia Tea

10 oz of your favorite iced tea
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Sweeten to taste

 

Directions
Stir chia seeds into tea for about 10 minutes, and enjoy.

 

 

Chia Ice Pops (this is great for hot summer runs)

1 c frozen strawberries
1 c frozen mango chunks
.5 c orange juice
1/3 c chia seeds
1/4 c water

 

Directions

Processes all ingredients in a high powered blender and liquefy. Pour into ice-cube or popsicle molds, and freeze.

 

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

From Shape Magazine

 

1/4 cup of chia seeds
3/4 cup of almond milk
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
Small spoonful of sugar (1 – 2 tsp.)

 

Directions
Combine chia seeds and almond milk. Stir in cocoa powder and sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes or overnight until mixture has thickened. Stir and enjoy!

 

 

Raw Spring Power Applesauce

From Raw Vegan Chef

 

2 cups baby spinach, gently packed

3 apples, cored and chopped

1/4 cup chia seeds

juice from 2 oranges

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

dash ground nutmeg

 

Directions

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.

Briefly process until the ingredients resemble chunky applesauce.

Enjoy! (Note: if you wait 10-15 minutes before serving, the chia seeds will gel with the orange juice for a brilliant texture.)

 

 

More Recipes…

Chia Chipotle Bean Burgers

Chia Fresca From Oh She Glows!

Crockpot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding

Whipped Banana Scottish Oats

Honey Whole Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes from PB Fingers

Chia Energy Bars from No Meat Athlete

Chia Margarita

 

Do you eat chia seeds?

What is your favorite chia recipe?

 

 

For more information about Chia Seeds, here are the Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds and 10 Unique Uses for Chia Seeds from Wellness Mama.

 

Resources

Dr. Weil

EatRight.org

MyChiaSeeds.com

Natural News

OneGreenPlanet.org

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16 thoughts on “Ch Ch Chia-What’s the Hype?

  1. Yes, I eat chia seeds every morning in my oatmeal! Sometimes I feel that I don’t get enough iron in my diet because I’m not a huge beef eater. Therefore, I make sure to get iron from other foods such as from chia seeds! 🙂 I’ve seen them creeping up more and more in stores around me, and cannot be more ecstatic! I’m looking forward to exploring these recipes! Awesome post!!

    • Thanks! It was really fun to do some ‘investigation’ and I certainly added some recipes to my ‘can’t wait to make’ list. I forget that chia has iron and like you, I am pretty low due to lack of red meat consumption. I love chia seeds and can’t wait to try some homemade chia fresca…maybe after hot yoga tomorrow!

  2. I love chia seeds and eat them every day. When Costco brings in the big bags of them, I always pick them up!!

    Hey–side note–I just woke up and logged into my google reader and had 35 posts from you!! It was like all of February’s post just now came through. It’s so weird. And then I felt bad, and wanted to tell you, because it isn’t that I’m not reading–I just didn’t know you had been posting! I don’t know if it’s google reader’s fault (but I’m getting everyone else’s blog posts) or something with you RSS feed . . . I’m not that tech savvy. 🙂 But anyways, I’m so sorry! I’ve missed out!!

    • Thanks! I think it’s my fault. I went through and updated some old posts but had no idea that ya’ll would get them again. Yikes! Not sure how I can update without overwhelming everyone with extra posts. I’m sure that gave you plenty to read…ha ha! thank you so much for letting me know!

  3. you know i really havent tried chia seeds yet, such a bad food blogger! this is a great post though really makes me get the hypeee and makes me def give them a shot! thank you!

  4. did I give you my chia seeds? I can’t find them…!

    thanks for your commment on just fuffy.. it was quite a scene . angie and dan were out and angie said did you just say what I thought you said, and then went into a tirade about dan’s wardrobe… it was a stitch… except for the blue coat..

    snow coming tuesday, maybe more than 6 inches… see you soon.

    • It is an easy habit to get into if you know what to do with your seeds. I haven’t tried the Chia Fresca yet but I would believe that is perfect for warm summer days! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Thanks for the reminder to use my chia seeds! I always forget to add them to salads and oatmeal and such! Have a you tried GT’s kombucha with chia?! SO good!

    • So I have never tried kombucha but I am going to buy some at my next trip to WF. Any suggestions for brands and flavors? I will try the GT with chia too. I’ve seen it but never tried it. I think it will be a staple this summer during marathon training.

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