Yup! The same seeds used on the famous Chia Pets we all know and love.
Why you should eat chia seeds!
Chia seeds have been around for centuries. It is said that the Aztecs ate a tablespoon of chia seeds that sustained them for an entire day. One tablespoon of chia seeds has about 3 grams of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, and 6 grams of dietary fiber. Chia seeds are considered a near perfect food source. Like flax seeds, chia seeds contain minerals and anti-oxidents (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin and zinc) that fight free-radical cancer causing cells. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds have a long shelf life. When mixed with liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous and can actually slow down the digestion of sugars and carbohydrates. Today chia seeds are grown in Australia, Mexico, and Central America. You can find these seeds at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts.
How do I use chia seeds?
The other day I was at Trader Joe’s buying three bags of chia seeds to give away on Mother’s day. At the register, the cashier asked me how I use the seeds. She said that she heard people use them in smoothies or juices. Of course I was super excited to share my new knowledge with her and explained that these seeds have so many uses, like:
Flour substitute (ground seeds)
Here is my take on chia seed pudding:
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¾ cup Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ teaspoon mint extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon truvia or natural sweetener
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until dissolved. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Enjoy now or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Random Chia Seed Giveaway!
Since it’s my birthday today, I will be giving away a package of these Trader Joe’s chia seeds to one of my readers.
Enter the giveaway by commenting below. Tell me about your favorite way to use chia seeds. If you haven’t used chia seeds yet, tell me how you would like to use them. I will post the winner on Monday!