Ch..Ch..Ch..Chia! It’s time to talk about those little seeds that have been used to grow the hair on SpongeBob and Obama style chia pets: chia seeds!
Chia seeds have a lot more potential than your average decorative fixture. Keep reading to find out why.
What Are Chia Seeds? History of Chia Seeds
Yep, those same seeds that are used for the growing of “hair” on Chia Pets have been used by the Aztecs for years. It is said that Native Americans of the south could subside on chia seeds during battles and wars.
Chia Seeds for Energy & Hydration
The Aztec messengers used to carry chia seeds on their runs when they delivered messages. That’s how much energy these little gems pack.
The reason chia seeds are so useful for runners and athletes is that they are capable of absorbing 9 times their volume in water.
You can make “chia gel” by combining 1 part chia seeds with 9 parts water. The chia seeds gel up as they absorb water.
Chia Seeds For Fiber
Chia seeds, once soaked, make for an awesome source of fiber. You can include chia gel in your smoothies for extra fiber and energy.
Eating more chia seeds helps to cleanse the digestive tract and can also help with elimination. Not to mention that chia seeds are a great way to bulk up a not so filling meal. After eating chia seeds you can feel satisfied for hours.
Chia Seeds For Omega’s
Chia seeds are high in Omega 3′s – even higher than flax seeds. They are the highest vegetable source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
These fatty acids and oils are useful for absorbing fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Chia seeds are also helpful in absorbing calcium, which is important for vegetarians and vegans.
Chiapioca: Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are fairly tasteless and can be added to tons of different meals including salad dressings, smoothies, and breakfasts. My favorite is pudding!
Tapioca pudding is great, but have you ever heard of chiapioca pudding? It’s a delicious raw pudding made from chia seeds.
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 1/2 Cups Nut Milk of Choice (I like Almond Milk)
- Dash of vanilla
- Raw honey or stevia to sweeten
- Decorate with Kiwi slice (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a mason jar or other glass container.
- Shake well to ensure Chia seeds are submerged in the nut milk.
- Store in refrigerator overnight. The Chia seeds will soak up the water and become chewy just like tapioca.
- Serve in a tall glass with a straw and slurp up! Or, serve in individual bowls with a spoon and enjoy your energetic feast.
This recipe will store in the fridge for a few days, so feel free to make a big batch and eat a little each day.
Want More Chia Goodness?
If you want to learn more about the chia seed, you can read Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs. You can buy Chia Seeds on Amazon or at your local health food store.
Yum yum good for you chia goodness.