Friday, March 30, 2012

Chia seeds: Good for more than growing plants on creepy pottery

Well who woulda thunk when those wacky chia pet commercials came out long, long ago that someday we'd be eating those seeds?

Certainly not I.

I mean, do you remember Chia Pets? 

They were downright creepy, there is nothing remotely cute about this:

Someone took the time to cultivate this hideous thing
source
During the documentary, Hungry For Change, which I talked about in this blog post, they touted the benefits of chia seeds… so off I went to get me some.

They are tasteless and you only need a tablespoon or so to get the benefits. In my research, I've learned that chia seeds are pretty freakin' good for you. How good for you?  How about these stats according to  Chia Seed Super Food.com:

  • They have 100% more omega fatty acid than salmon
  • Double the antioxidants of blueberries
  • 41% of your daily fiber needs
  • 6 times more calcium than milk
  • 32% of your daily magnesium (more than broccoli)
  • 6 times more iron than spinach
  • 64% more potassium than a banana
Chia seeds also increases energy, improves digestion, improves your skin and helps you to sleep better -  these little seeds will even clean your house, walk the dog and take out the garbage! (Well I made that last part up but these things really are the best thing since sliced organic/gluten-free/sprouted bread!) ha.

You can stir them into smoothies or juices, sprinkle them on top of salads, oatmeal, cereal or whatever you want. They don't have to be ground like flaxseeds either.

If you put them in water for 10-15 minutes they become almost like tapioca so it's a good thickening agent and people like to make puddings and stuff with them. I'm just starting to experiment with them but who the hell knew they were so great? 

They store easily too. Up to 2 years in a 'cool, dark, place.' I got a bag that will last forever at GNC for $11 or so.

Help stop chia seed abuse: Eat them, don't let Bart
Simpson ever become a victim again

You can read more about them at the link above.

Have you been using chia seeds?

Did you know they were so great?

Did you ever have a chia pet?

XO
Jen

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