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freaky {food} friday: chia seeds

Haiii friends!

Happy Friday! Today I will be introducing you to a ‘freaky’ food that I’ve tried.

Every Friday, I am going to try to feature an ingredient that you would not normally buy or maybe haven’t heard of. I will tell you what it is, what it tastes like, the benefits of eating that ingredient, the nutrition facts, where to buy, and how to eat it! I will also include recipes that call for the ingredient from other bloggers or magazines that I’ve been wanting to try AND I will grade the ingredient! Butttt best of all, I’ll include an original Blondie Bakes and Bikes recipe! Yayyy :D!

This freaky {food} friday is dedicated to CHIA SEEDS!

For you avid blog readers, chia seeds are not ‘freaky’ and are old news, but to everyone else, you’re probably wondering … “whatttt are those strange things?!”

Dontcha remember those ch-ch-ch-chia pets?!

you may have had one!

Well, now you can do something even more exciting than sitting there watchin em grow (I know you did that) … YOU CAN ACTUALLY EAT THEM!

Let’s get to it.

fear not the tiny black speckled seeds!

What are chia seeds? 

“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I’ve read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.” – wise words of Dr.Weil

What do they taste like?

Chia seeds have a mild, nutlike flavor. But you can add them to anything without changing the taste of the food. I barely notice when I put chia seeds in my oatmeal or smoothies, however, I don’t eat them plain.

Why should you eat chia seeds?

  • higher in omega-3 & 6 fatty acid’s than flax seeds
  • don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds to get the full nutritional value
  • virtually tasteless and VERY good for you
  • 2 x the protein of any other seed or grain (and is a plant based protein = good for vegetarians!!)
  • 5 x the calcium of milk
  • 2 x the amount of potassium in bananas
  • 3 x more iron than spinach
  • high fiber content (more so than flax & oats), which aids with weight loss, keeps you full, among other things ;).
  • 3 x the antioxidants in blueberries (such high antioxidant content keeps them from going bad … can be stored in a dry place for up to 4-5 years!)
  • levels blood sugar & great for diabetics
  • gluten-free
  • helps relieve thyroid conditions, hypo-glycemia, and acid reflux
  • contains many essential minerals such as magnesium & zinc
Are you convinced yet?!

What are their nutrition facts?

1 tablespoon of dry chia seeds have about 60 calories, 5 g of fat, 6 g of carbs, 6 g of fiber, and 3 g of protein.

Where can I buy them?

I buy them in bulk at Whole Foods, but they can also be found online.

How do I eat these things?!

Chia seeds can replace flax seeds in any recipe. They can also replace eggs in cooking (1 T ground chia seeds + 3 T water, let sit and will form a gel-like consistency like eggs). I like to add them to oatmeal or smoothies. I have yet to try them in salads, salsas, scrambled eggs … but that seems to be popular on some other blogs!

Recipes!

Shape magazine has many delicious recipes featuring chia seeds! Check them out here.

Brittany of Eating Bird Food’s chia pudding that I want to try! Take a peek.

Try them in one of Angela at Oh She Glows Green Monsters. Here.

Mmmm I’m making these, you should too!

Chia seeds even have their own website! Look!

Averie at Love Veggies and Yoga, loves chia seeds too! Yum.

My overall score:

Chia seeds are awesome! I love that you can’t taste them but you’re getting an extra protein and fiber boost. They get an A+! I urge you to TRY THEM NOW!!!

A Blondie Bakes and Bikes Recipe!

Tropical Coconut Chia Smoothie

serves 2

a visual.

Ingredients:

1 c So Delicious Original Cultured Coconut Milk (makes it more creamy but you could also use any kind of milk)

1/2 c water

1/4 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen mango

1/2 c frozen pineapple

2 T chia seeds (and more for adding on top if you’d like)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy your delicious taste of paradise ;)!

the finished product!

Yummm! Success!

Let me know what you think of chia seeds when you try them :).

Ch-ch-ch-ciao!

Kara

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9 responses »

  1. Thank the lorrrddd you just made this post because I’ve been wanting to ask you what to put my new chia seeds in! so they’re good in oatmeal??? i’ll have to make that!! oh and i was just wondering, do you always used ground chia seeds? or the whole ones?

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  2. that’s amazing. i never would have guessed in a 1,000,000 years that chia seeds were soooo good for you. i plan to stock up immediately and add them to my oatmeal starting next week and will spread the chia lve to everyone i know.

    thanks blondiebakesanbikes! you rock!

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  3. livinglearningeating

    As soon as I get back to the States, I want to try Chia seeds! Especially as chia pudding 😉

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  4. EVERYONE i made this smoothie for breakfast this morning and it was BOMB!!! definitely recommend it! GO GET SOME CHIA SEEDS PEOPLE

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