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Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia! Discovering & Eating Chia Seeds

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Recipes | Snacks & Sweets

I have been hearing about how wonderful the chia seed is for your health.  I read about the chia seed and this is what I found out:

The chia plant originated in the central valley of Mexico and is a member of the mint family

It was the third most important crop for the Aztecs, who recognized it as a “superfood” and prized it so highly that it was often used as currency

Chia seeds have more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food, including flax seeds

Chia seeds are about 20% protein

When soaked in water chia seeds form a thick gel.  This gel also forms in the stomach when chia seeds are consumed. That sounds bad, but researchers believe it actually slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbs into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues

Chia seeds are so high in antioxidants that they do not spoil easily and can be stored for long periods, unlike flax seeds

Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia…who knew?

Yesterday, I picked up a bag of chia seeds.

First, I made my chia gel.  Super Easy.  1 Tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 1/2 cup water.  Stir it well and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Using the gel I made chia fresca, I really like the sound of that!  I mixed a tablespoon of chia gel into a large glass of ice water.  I added a tablespoon of lemon juice for flavor.  The chia has no taste so it is not bothersome to drink at all.  This really makes you feel full so I understand why people use it for weight loss.

Next I wanted to make chocolate chia pudding.  My friend rave’s about chia pudding so I was excited to try it!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

What you need:   1/4 cup chia seeds, 3/4 cup milk (I used almond this time, next time I will try coconut milk), 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey or maple syrup), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

What you do:  Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Let sit for 10 minutes then stir again.  Sit in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill and thicken up.  Enjoy!

I am really excited to try, and post, more chia seed recipes.  If you have any you would like to share I would really appreciate it!!

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