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Do you chi..chi..chi..chia?

on August 25, 2014

Chi..Chi..Chi..Chia! Oh my word, do you remember those commercials from the 80’s? Chia pets, those were the silliest things ever created. Right?

But who knew when eaten, they packed such a powerful punch? The nutrients in those lil’ babies are UH-maz-N (& then an hour later you’re still finding those lil’ treats in your teeth…like poppy seeds haha), FIBER, PROTEIN, CALCIUM, OMEGA 3, you can even use them as an egg-replacement <> I add them to my morning eggs, or smoothie, throw them in several types of dessert dishes and even add them when making my favorite homemade strawberry jelly!

FIBER: Just one ounce of chia seeds has 11 grams of fiber! That’s almost a third of the recommended daily intake of fiber in one tiny serving. Tossing chia seeds onto a snack is an easy way to help make sure you’re maintaining your digestive health.

OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS: Omega 3’s (NOT 6) are important for brain health and help to reduce your risk for heart disease. A one-ounce serving of chia boasts 5 grams of Omega 3. That’s definitely a good thing, since our bodies can’t produce these fatty acids and we have to find it in outside (food or supplement) sources.

CALCIUM: One serving of chia seeds has almost 18% of your recommended daily intake of calcium. Due to the fact that we’ve reduced dairy in our diets, my husband has much concern w/ the children getting enough calcium. Whether you are going dairy-free and looking for alternative calcium sources, or just concerned about osteoporosis, chia can definitely help keep up your intake.

PROTEIN: A great source of cholesterol-free protein, one ounce of chia seeds has about 4 grams of protein. That’s almost 10 percent of the recommended daily intake! Now, you know I recommend animal proteins in your diet, but this is a great way to sneak in a lil’ extra (especially for those of you who do not prefer meat).

Now, my family doesn’t have “allergy” issues w/ organic eggs but we go through them so fast that once in a blue moon I run out. BUT I don’t feat because chia seeds can be used as a great replacement (and flax is also one). Simply mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The result? A gelatinous mixture that works just as well as an egg (quite frankly it absolutely blows my mind)

I found a couple of SO SIMPLE recipes online that I’m thinking of trying…

When you’re in the mood for homemade jam, but don’t want to deal with the mess of the old-fashioned canning process, just purée whatever fruit you have handy in a mini food processor and add some chia seeds. After chilling for a bit you’ll have instant jam! It’s fresh, delicious, and preservative-free!

Store bought pudding can have a chemically added taste to it, and homemade pudding is time consuming to make. This quick and healthy fix: Chia seed pudding! You simply mix together chia seeds, light coconut milk, some fruit, and a little agave nectar for a delicious dessert or breakfast! (I already make something similar: THM Tapioca Chia Pudding: 1/2-1 cup almond milk w/ 1/2 tsp glucci into my Vitamix for couple minutes, pour into a jar, add 2 cut up strawberries, 1-2 Tbsp chia, lil’ sweetener and shake shake shake. Refridgerate and in the morning a light, delish pudding!)

Nowwww, what’s the first chia pet you grew? HaHa

I ain’t gonna lie, that silly lil’ tune is constantly running through my head! Sorry, I now you’ll be singing that lil’ diddy all day too!

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