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July 15, 2011

Have you heard of chia seeds?

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I was not familiar with chia seeds until a couple of weeks ago when I noticed my runner friends adding them to their oatmeal, smoothie and yogurt recipes. I did a bit of research to find out what chia is all about and turns out it’s a miracle food that was originally used by Native Americans during battle and long travels. Each seed is packed with fiber and Omega-3 and is high in protein and those good-for-you fats that I’ve been trying to eat more of. See for yourself.

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When mixed with water, chia seeds turn into gel and and they are able to absorb liquid 9 times their size, which is great for hydration. They are great for digestion and detoxification as they slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates, so sugar is released more slowly into your bloodstream, keeping you fill full longer. There are lots of other benefits as well. Just bing “chia seeds” and you’ll get tons of resources that list all the details. Here are some I came across:

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-the-chia-seed/

http://www.mychiaseeds.com/Articles/Top10ChiaBenefits.html

http://rawfoodswitch.com/raw-food-product-reviews/chia-seeds/ 

You can find chia seeds in most health/nutrition stores, Whole Foods, and online. I purchased mine at Amazon. They are tiny little black seeds (be careful not to spill them, they are a pain to clean up, as I learned from experience) and are crunchy but almost tasteless, kind of like small sesame seeds.

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I added them to my Chobani Greek Vanilla yogurt parfait, and they worked very nicely with the rest of the mix-ins (fresh peach and Galaxy vanilla granola):

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Surprisingly, they are pretty good on ice cream with some dried shredded coconut.

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After all the research and taste drives, here is my bottom line

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2011 2:58 am

    You got them! They are great! I love the texture!

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