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How to Eat Chia Seeds -- Issue #36
April 30, 2013
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How to Eat Chia SeedsThe second most popular superfood seed on the modern day health scene, besides hemp seed, is no doubt the chia seed. Besides being a source of Omega 3's and an excellent digestive aid, they also nourish the skin and help to hydrate the body.
They are an unusual type of seed compared to other varieties and one that might seem a bit intimidating to use for the newbie.
Because they are a tiny hard seed, you wouldn't want to eat them by the handful like other nuts and seeds. Ideally, they need to be raw, but also soaked and blended to obtain the highest amount of benefits.
We have been using chia for many years because of their numerous health enhancing properties and wanted to pass along a few ways we like to use them here in this ezine issue.
We have noticed stores selling bottled juices or kombucha drinks using whole chia seeds. This, in our opinion, is not the most tasty way to eat them. We much prefer the seeds soaked and blended and most always consume them this way for optimal digestion.
Because they naturally absorb lots of water, if you eat them powdered or unsoaked they will tend to be harder to digest and might cause some upset.
One pound of seeds is about $16, but a little bit goes a long way. A pound of chia seeds will last you months, even if you eat a good amount everyday. One of the reasons for this is that they will grow between 7-12 times their volume in water. So, 1/4 a cup of seeds will last you several days after soaking.
(See our page on chia seeds for more on their history and health benefits.)
Our Top 16 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia should be eaten raw for maximum nutritional value but you can also use them in cooking recipes if that suits your lifestyle.
Soaking Your Chia Seeds
It is helpful to keep a jar of soaked chia in the fridge, ready for use when you need them.
The measurement ratio we like to use is:
1/4C seeds - 1 1/2C water
2T seeds - 3/4C water
They will absorb all of the water in less than 20-30 minutes. This means that they will become a thick gelatin mass you can spoon out and use.
Store them refrigerated, in a jar with a lid, for 2-3 weeks and have them on hand whenever a recipe calls.
Until our next issue...
May you thrive, prosper and evolve in the best of ways!
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All information in this ezine is the personal view of the author and is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or prescription. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or prevent any disease.
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