|Chia in its plant stage.|
So, most of you know, I am not a fight my way through new, undiscovered lands where the trees and bushes can only be whacked down with a 45 inch super sharp blade that is swung back and forth in front of my face and body person. No....I am a sit back, for the most part, and watch person. Watch for a ripple on the wide ocean that is health and nutrition before all of us. When the ripple becomes a wave, then it catches my attention and I recognize it and do something about it. Which... what do I do? Research, read and write. Three of many of my favorite things to do, the latter still leaving something to be desired.
The funny thing is that we are all VERY familiar with Chia. Remember those commercials we grew up with? Chia pet? I think they still air them around Christmas. Yep, those little seeds that you see grow into a luscious green head of hair on tweedy bird or scooby doo. :-) I never knew they were sooo good for us. Kinda funny. Like a full circle "thing." But don't buy the Chia pet seeds to eat. Those are not for consumption. Fyi. ;-)
So......the newest ripple that has turned into a wave is Chia. So....here we go. :-)
|Aren't these just beautiful?!|
Then as I have been researching new raw recipes and nutrition on the Internet (Pinterest too!!) I keep seeing Chia as an ingredient. Ok...the ripple is getting a little bigger. Then I go to a mom's group and a girl who I sat down beside, August brings up Chia. Really?! Ok, now I am completely intrigued. So, thank you to everyone and everything that has brought me to this point. :-)
So, here we go........
Chia seeds contain high levels of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Once eaten by the Aztecs and Mayans, these black and white seeds are versatile, fitting into a number of different food dishes and drinks. According to website Your Natural Wellness, just 2 tbsp. of chia seeds pack 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries and contain more calcium than a glass of milk.
How to use Chia Seeds
1. Add chia seeds to drinks. You can add chia seeds to water, juice or any other hot or cold beverage of your choosing, where they won't drastically alter the taste of the drink. Leave them for about two minutes before drinking so they absorb some of the liquid.