Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

Now that I have your attention, and you’re no doubt reminiscing about the “Chia Pet/Chia Head” commercials of your youth, I want to talk about those tiny, little seeds. Despite the fun you may have had growing grass on a funky-shaped clay model, you’d have been doing yourself a great favor by eating them instead. Seriously. Personally, I neither had nor wanted a “Chia Pet” when I was young, but I am so very glad I rediscovered them now. =0)

Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica) are native to Central and South America, particularly Mexico and Guatemala. The Aztecs were eating chia seeds as a source of nutrition centuries before some “modern dude” hatched the idea to make them art. Chia seeds are loaded with Omegas (30% of its extractable  oil is Omega 3, 10% is Omega 6), antioxidants, protein (respectable 4g per serving), and heaps of fiber (11g per serving). You can soak the seeds in water/milk/soy milk/coconut milk/juice and eat them like a dessert similar to tapioca, or bake them into your cookies or loaves. Add them to your granola, too. I’m really loving these amazing little seeds.

2012 © copyright veggiewitch, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright veggiewitch, all rights reserved

Where do you get some? Why here, at Nuts.com.

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8 thoughts on “Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

  1. clownonfire says:

    VW, we were just looking into them: how to prepare them and different ways to use them. Do you have a favourite recipe? Or at least, one to share?

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