Monday, September 10, 2012

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been around a long time both the Aztecs, and Mayans used them. In the Mayan language chia means strength, I am sure they named it this due to the fact that chia seeds are known to give you energy. Chia seeds are also known as Indian Running Food, and are considered a supper food.

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The chia seed is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, and is known to contain more than other sources. This super food also contains zinc, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, all essential amino acids, vitamin Bs, and copper. It is also known as a natural appetite suppressant because the seeds digest at a slow rate. Chia seeds may also contribute to healthy hair, and skin, aiding in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol metabolism function. It is a natural antioxidant, great source of protein, contains no gluten, low in calories,

For those who use chia seeds on a regular basis the following has been reported, more energy, improved mood, clearer thinking, decrease in  aches, and pains, and can aid in regulating bowel movements. Chia seeds also may aid in increasing bone density, the calcium in one tablespoon of chia seeds is equal to two glasses of milk.
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This amazing seed is so versatile when it comes to its use, in fact there is so much I can not list it all. However, I am including two links which include recipes for making bread, smoothies, soups, puddings, and so much more. I made a chia seed pudding this weekend which tastes amazing, and is a great way to get children to ingest some of this wonderful super food.

   



        Print Recipe                          Nut Milk

                                                 2 cups of water
                                                 1/4 cup of nuts
                                             Refrigerate over night
Take the milk and put it into a blender, than strain the nuts.

                                                    Chia Seed Pudding

                                               2 1/4 cups of nut milk
                                               1/2 tsp vanilla
                                               3 tbs raw honey
                                               3 tbs maple syrup
                                               1/3 tsp sea salt
                                               2/3 cups chia seeds

Use a whisk to blend the ingredients, continue whisking until the pudding starts to thicken to avoid clumps, refrigerate over night, and enjoy. Because chai seeds do give you energy I do not recommend serving this or any other chia dish later in the day.

Chia Seed Recipes

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There are some things you need to know before starting to use chia seeds, they are a natural blood thinner, it is not advised to use these seeds if you are currently taking a blood thinner or scheduled for surgery. Because it can lower blood pressure, and sugar levels if you are taking medications for either of these beware. It has also been reported that some have experienced a bloating feeling, along with gas. May also contribute to prostate cancer, although studies are limited in this area. Chia seeds are not known to effect those who are pregnant, and they can be helpful to supply energy, and slow the absorption of sugars.

This information is for educational purposes only, you should consult with a health care provider before adding chia seeds to your diet.

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5 comments:

  1. I have a jar of chia seeds in my pantry... I haven't quite developed a taste for them yet. :) Of course, I've only tried them in soaked oatmeal, and I think it was just too much all at once. :) Will take your suggestion and try them in smoothies. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Chia (Salvia hispania L) is a herb that flourishes in South America. Its seed has been part of local diets for centuries. Indeed, Chia is believed to have been a staple food of the Aztecs, who regarded it as an aid to mental acuity, physical endurance and wellbeing. It remains in common use in southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seed provides abundant Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, in an optimum ratio. It also provides protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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