I’m super interested in any “real” food that can increase my energy, keep me healthy and help me maintain a healthy weight. I read about Chia Seeds in Clean Eating Magazine (http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/) where they talked about their really high fiber and Omega-3 content. So, I purchased them through Amazon (couldn’t find them at my Whole Foods). I have been adding 1 heaping Tbsp of Chia Seeds to my morning smoothie ever since . They add a real thickness to the smoothie. More and more people seem to be catching on and maybe Chia is the new flax seed!
“Chia seeds may be eaten raw or prepared in a number of dishes. Raw, they are an excellent source of dietary fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds may be ground into pinole, a meal that can be used for porridge or baked goods. They may also be soaked in fruit juice or water to make a dish known as chia fresca in Mexico. Chia seeds are very absorbent and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked in water.
In recent decades, chia has seen a resurgence in popularity and has been hailed as a “super food” with many dietary benefits. It helps the body retain fluids and electrolytes, it forms a gel in the stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues. Chia is a source of protein and boron, which aids in the absorption of calcium. Chia seeds can be used to make a gel that one can substitute for oil or other fats in a variety of recipes. Chia gel can be added to any sauces, jellies, or baked goods, for example.
Making a batch of chia gel is simple. Chia seeds absorb nine times their weight in water, so use a ratio of nine parts water to one part chia seeds. Put the water in a sealable plastic bowl and slowly pour in the seeds while whisking with a wire whisk to prevent clumps. Let stand for a few minutes before whisking again, repeat this process once, then seal the bowl and store the gel in the refrigerator. It will last up to two weeks.” http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-chia-seeds.htm