Table Talk-Chiai Seeds


During my often exhausting search to find good food that is quick and easy make, I stumbled across a package of Chia seeds. I hadn't heard much about them, (except in relation to the dreaded Chia pet, shudder) so I thought I would do some digging and see what the hype was all about.

I found that Chia seeds come from the Aztec and Mayan cultures. They used chia seeds as a staple in their diet, like beans and rice. Chia seeds were sometimes known as "Indian running food", as runners and warriors would eat the seeds because of their long lasting energy and the ability of keeping them hydrated.

What I discovered next was what hooked me though. The health benefits of Chia seeds are quite amazing. It can be used as an energy boost, an appetite suppressant, maintain blood-sugar sugar levels, and help regulate digestion, to name a few. Per serving, Chia seeds also have more calcium than a glass of milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and more Omega-3s than Salmon.

Nutrient Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (13g)
Servings Per Container: 34.00

Amount Per Serving

% Daily
Value


Calories

60.00

Calories from Fat

40.00


Total Fat

4.50 g

7 %

Saturated Fat

0.50 g

3 %

Trans Fat

0 g

0 %

Cholesterol

0.00 mg

0 %

Sodium

0.00 mg

0 %

Total Carbohydrate

5.00 g

2 %

Dietary Fiber

5.00 g

20 %

Sugars

0.00 g

N/A

Protein

3.00 g

6 %


Vitamin A

0.00 %

Vitamin C

0.00 %

Calcium

6.00 %

Iron

4.00 %


* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Ingredients :
Whole Chia Seed contains 2282 mg of Omega 3 and contains 752 mg of Omega 6

Wow! So, good and healthy. Now what? How do you eat these guys??

  • As an egg substitute

Use one tablespoon finely ground chia seed and 3 tablespoons water for every egg in the recipe.

  • Homemade pudding for breakfast or a snack

If your family gets tired of eating cereal, like ours, this can be a nice and healthy change. It also is quick and easy, another bonus :0)

Healthy Homemade Chia Seed Pudding


Ingredients:

2 cups of coconut milk or other milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (or to taste)(optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or to taste)
1 tablespoon or more sweetener of choice (optional)- we use honey or a few drops of stevia tincture

Directions:

Put in a blender and blend until smooth. Will thicken in about 10 minutes in the fridge.

There are endless flavor variations. You can omit the cocoa powder and vanilla and add a cup of strawberries for a strawberry version, or add cinnamon and nutmeg for a Chai Chia Pudding.



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  • A thickener for soups

Just add a tablespoon or two of chia seed (doesn't have to be powdered) to your soup

until the desired consistency is reached.

  • Grain-free substitute

If you are looking for alternatives to wheat flour, like I do, Chia seeds can work well, especially in crackers.

Breading for those yummy chicken nuggets

Ever feel bad eating chicken nuggets? (that would be me!!) If you bread your nuggets with Chia seeds, worry no more. If that seems like too much Chia seed for your breading, just mix it with some almond flour or regular flour, and still get the health benefits and the good taste.

  • Pseudo bread crumbs

Run out of bread crumbs? Throw some Chia seeds in your meatloaf and problem solved.

  • Sprouts in a salad

To make sprouts, place seeds in water, drain, and let sit in a jar for a day or two. Every 12 hours or so, rinse your sprouts so they don't dry out.

  • Energy gel

Feeling tired? Your kids need a boost after a game? Make some energy gel by soaking a tablespoon or two of Chia seeds in a cup of coconut water for ten minutes.

Seem too complicated? Don't worry, you can just pour some into a bowl and dig in!

Sources:
  •   http://yourfoodlife.com/blog/chia-seeds/
  •   http://www.bobsredmill.com/chia-seed.html
  •   http://wellnessmama.com/4981/uses-for-chia-seeds/
  •   http://www.aviva.ca/shop/products.asp?itemid=5221&catid=141

    Elise Grant
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author! elise@dvo.com


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