cha-cha-cha chia!

not the pet - but the seeds! (yes, they'll still grow the pet if you let them grow.)  after hearing some fellow yoginis rave (nadya and yulady) about chia seeds, i thought i'd test them out once and for all. 

the mighty benefits packed into these tiny seeds (they are about the size of sesame seeds):

  • chia seeds absorb up to 9 times their weight in water making them a great way to stay hydrated during a vigorous yoga practice or just a plain ol' busy schedule.
  • chia seeds are rich in omega 3s and calcium making them a great add-on for the vegetarian diet.
  • chia seeds have fiber - we can all use a little more fiber now can't we?
  • chia seeds help to regulate your blood sugar levels (read: super helpful for diabetics), cholesterol levels and the thyroid.

how to eat 'em:
chia seeds are magical! take 1 part chia seeds and add 9 parts water, stir them around and then let them sit for 15 minutes, then give them another stir and they are ready to eat!  by adding water, the chia seeds form a gel (similar to jello in consistency), they really don't have a flavor, so you can just eat a few spoonfuls.  you can also make them in bulk as they store (refrigerated) for up to two weeks.

here's the before/after of chia seeds gelling here's the bulk recipe:

  • mix 1/3 cup seeds to 2 cups water
  • whisk
  • wait 15 minutes
  • whisk again
  • place in fridge

for optimal benefits, it's suggested that you eat 3 tablespoons 3 times a day (but like taking vitamins, i'm still working on being consistent with that routine).

you can add the gel to thicken smoothies, stir it into your breakfast (cereal, yogurt, oatmeal or whatever gets you going), i've even heard that folks bake with them.  for now i am just eating them by the spoonful.

have you tried chia seeds yet?  how do you eat 'em?

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