Cha-Cha-Cha Chia

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Chia Seeds (Salvia hispanica)

A species of flowering plant in the mint family (lamiaceae), native to Guatemala, Central and Southern Mexico.

There is evidence that it was grown and used by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. Historians have suggested it was used for medicinal purposes (relieving joint pain, sore or irritated skin and to stimulate saliva). As a food crop is was as important as maize(corn).

Two tablespoon of Chia Seeds contains your recommended daily amount of fiber, it has more calcium than a glass of milk, more omegas than salmon &  more antioxidants than blueberries making this a superfood that everyone should incorporate into their diet.

Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. They also contain small amounts of zinc, copper, niacin and iron. The Omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds are mostly Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), providing 100% of your RDA for the day in one tablespoon and they are 14% protein by volume.

They are able to hold up to 12 times their weight in liquid. The fiber in them causes them to swell and form a gel-like texture around them when they are combined with fluids and sit for about 30 minutes. This reaction can possibly take place in your stomach when consuming raw chia seeds. Either way, this contributes to satiety after you consume them and the gel reaction forms a barrier and slows down digestion providing hours of energy and enhanced cognitive performance. The soluble fiber found in Chia soaked Chia seeds acts as a prebiotic and a natural detox agent, supporting the growth of healthy gut bacteria and binding to unwanted toxins in the body and pulling them out through the intestines.

When purchasing Chia seeds make sure to buy organic seeds from a clean trusted source and always know your country of origin.

  • USDA Organic
  • Kosher-Certified
  • Laboratory-Verified
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • China-Free

A product of Paraguay. This product is verified A+ according to the heavy metals standards published at www.LowHeavyMetalsVerified.org 

16-ounce Organic Chia Seeds

2 pack of #10 Cans, Organic Chia Seeds

Benefits of eating Chia seeds

Helps you stay hydrated

Contributes to satiety, aiding in weight loss

Aids in obtaining a healthy gut

Promotes healthy hair, nails and skin

Lowers LDL and triglyceride cholesterol

Raises (good) HDL cholesterol

Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease (ALA and DHA)

Maintains proper artery function

Reverses Inflammation and oxidative stress

Reduces risk of colon cancer

Protects the body from aging, cancer and free radicals (high in antioxidants)

Regulates insulin levels

Chia Seeds in the Kitchen

Uses

  • Thickeners in soups, meatballs, veggie burgers,
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Egg replacement in baked goods (1 tablespoon = 1 large egg)
  • Eaten raw
  • Soaked in juice
  • Soaked in kombucha
  • Added to smoothies
  • On top of salads
  • Overnight oats on top of hot oatmeal
  • Replace poppy seeds and flaxseeds
  • Fruit, sugar or honey and chia seeds = Chia seed jelly
  • “Chia Fresca” Chia seeds, sugar, lemon or lime juice. Popular in Central America and Mexico
  • Blend them to powder and mix with flour for added nutrients
  • Chia seeds can be added to salads
  • Add them in baked goods (bread, muffins, pancakes, granola bars), smoothies and breakfast bowls and desserts.

Chia seed water: Add 2 teaspoons to your water bottle, juice or Kombucha and soak overnight

Chia seed Jelly

¼ cup chia seeds
½ cup water
3 cups frozen berries of choice, you can use more than one kind
2 to 4 frozen strawberries
1/3 cup Raw Honey

Soak seeds in liquid for a minimum of 5 minutes (until jelly)
Heat berries and honey on stove until you can mash them with a fork
Stir in seeds, remove from heat, let cool, then pour into a glass mason jar

Chia seed pudding for the family

2 cups coconut milk
½ cup Chia Seeds
½ t vanilla extract
½ cup Grade B maple syrup

Mix all ingredients in a mason jar or induvial mini mason jars or old glass baby food jars, shake and set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours

You can mix and match flavors and added ingredients, whatever you choose to add, blend all ingredients in a blender with coconut milk then add to jar with chia seeds and shake. For smooth pudding add the chia seed to the blender as well

Flavor options

Cinnamon
Fresh fruit, strawberries, blueberries (don’t blend), raspberries, peaches, mangos, bananas, Pomegranate seeds, Passionfruit
Chocolate, cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate
Nut butter and Jam
Maple Syrup
Matcha Powder, green tea, energy
Maca Powder, superfood, butterscotch flavor
Turmeric, Ginger and Raw Honey

 A single serving of Chia pudding

  • 1 tablespoon of seeds to 5 tablespoons of liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, water or juice)

 

Banana Chia Seed Energy Balls

2 medium organic bananas (ripe and sweet, brown spots are ok)
¼ cup chia seeds
8 Medjool dates, pitted & chopped
1 Haas Avocado
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup cacao powder (may use fresh ground nibs)

Add Bananas, avocado, oil and vanilla, mix until smooth (a potato masher works best), Add remaining ingredients

Using a small ice cream scooper or a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and roll into small balls no bigger than a golf ball. Place in a container may separate layers with parchment paper. Store in refrigerator (stays for 3-4 days) or freezer (stays for 2-3 months)

 

 

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