ChChChChia! Why You Should Eat Chia Seeds!

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Yup!  The same seeds used on the famous Chia Pets we all know and love.

chia-pet

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:

Chia Pudding

Add to Oatmeal

Protein Pancakes

Egg substitute

Flour substitute (ground seeds)

Salad topper

Smoothies

Juices

Here is my take on chia seed pudding:

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5.0 from 2 reviews

Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 1
 

Ingredients
  • 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

Instructions
  1. 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.

 

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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.

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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!

22 thoughts on “ChChChChia! Why You Should Eat Chia Seeds!

  1. I’m totally trying this recipe! I have a bag of TJ’s Chia seeds at home. I usually put them in smoothies. I also like to add them to help thicken sauces.

  2. I use them all the time too…I never though to use them for pudding! I always tell people they have a consistency of tapioca when swollen. I also think they look like tiny dinosaur eggs :)

  3. I made the mistake of taking a chia shot once and have been turned off by the texture every since. You’ve inspired me to try using it in a more subtle way, thanks! BTW… I’m loving the blog! Happiest of Birthdays!

    • Thanks Hosanna! I hope you find a way to enjoy chia seeds. I really like to sneak them into protein pancakes.

  4. Hi Jillienne, and happy birthday! Hope to see you soon!! Love my chia seeds too! Thanks for the extra ideas. I usually use mine in my juices, smoothies, salads etc… Didn’t realize that they actually expand.. That’s interesting. Recently found CHIA BREAD at Costco and I LOVE it. It’s basically pita bread but somewhat different texture and a bit stronger to fill and eat but still thin and not heavy.. Rectangle.. Not round.. Try it and tell me wht you think!
    P.s. cant wait to try the mint choc pudding.. Mint choc is my fav btw… Thanks!! :)

    • Ooooo I’ll pick up the chia pita bread the next time I’m at Costco! Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations too! Let me know what you think of the pudding. :)

    • Yay! I’m glad Ryan told you about my blog… I have been following your blog for awhile now! That Kale smoothie looks so yummy. I’m going to have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Soo stoked.. Was interested in these Chia seeds.. But didnt know too much about m.. I asked myself, “i wonder if Jillienne has something to say about these..” Sure enough, i chck out your blog, and wahLah!! ;)

    Thanks for sharing these health tips.. I know it’s cliché but, with a “new year,” i really dont want to wait n e longer on making “that change!” (Kinda been slaking on the fitness part on my end .. Lol)

    But anyways, keep up the good work!

    • Yay! I am glad you found the information you were looking for! Chia seeds are the best because you can use them in so many ways.

      There is no better time to make the change than now. Once you make the switch in your mind, the rest is easy. And if you are anything like me, fitness and healthy living will become addicting, but in the best possible way! Happy 2014!

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