Chia seed is an ancient food source recently rediscovered that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.
In the native cultures, chia seed was a staple food considered to be sacred, and was consumed specifically for greater energy by runners, warriors, and athletes.
One tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. Chia seed is super nutritious, energizing, easily digestible and versatile.
10 Reasons Why Chia Seed is “Something to Everyone”
- Chia seed is the highest known natural source of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids at 64%.
- Contains twice as much protein of any other grain or seed.
- Contains high amounts of anti-oxidants.
- Excellent source of fiber.
- Good source of Calcium.
- Gluten free.
- Low glycemic index food.
- Is all natural and can be eaten many ways. Versatile!!
Virtually tasteless and odorless.
- Has no special storage needs and will not go rancid.
- Non-GMO, Kosher, no reported allergies.
How to Eat
Chia seeds can be eaten many ways. Here are our suggestions:
Shake It On
Sprinkle chia seeds on anything. Raw chia seeds have very little flavour. Add them to your salad or sandwich to increase your food’s nutritional value and boost its fiber content. Try mixing a tbsp of seed into the condiment of your sandwich which will help keep the seed in place. There are no special storage considerations for chia seeds. Keep a travel container with you and sprinkle the seed onto foods you are eating at work, at school, in restaurants. Boost the fiber and nutrition of “fast foods” by adding some seeds. Try mixing 2 tbsp chia seed into cottage cheese or yogurt.
Chia Seed Gel
Gel is simple to make and can be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. It can be made as thick or thin as you desire. Mix chia seeds with water or any fluid such as a fruit juice, stir and wait a few minutes. Add the gel to smoothies, soups, and sauces. Try mixing equal amounts of chia seed with a good fruit juice. Refrigerate and then eat as a super nutritious treat. Chia seeds will absorb the fluid and also the flavour of whatever you are adding it to. Sweet or savory, its your choice. Sprinkle chia seeds on frozen fruit and let it defrost. The chia seed will absorb the fluid from the fruit and take on its taste!
To add this gel to bake goods, you may want to do some experimentation on how much fat and eggs can be removed before it has a effect on the outcome of your cake or breads.
Try toasting chia seeds by frying in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously. The seeds will have a slightly nutty flavour. This method will hinder chia seed’s absorption of fluids in your recipe. Sprinkle on salads or vegetables for an added crunch.
Chia seed flour can be substituted in any recipe in equal or partial amounts.
Grind chia seed in your coffee grinder. Use chia seed meal instead of bread crumbs or flour in your favorite recipes. Add garlic, herbs, and spices to a little olive oil and mix with chia seed meal. Use it as a topping for fish, pork, or chicken.
Chia Seeds with Eggs
Try adding chia gel to scrambled eggs or to an omelette. Whisk them together and cook as usual.
Try adding to an egg and your usual spices in meatloaf, burgers, or meatballs instead of bread crumbs. It expand your food. Everything will be bigger and more nutritious.
Whisk or whip chia seed gel and the wet ingredients of any recipe together for a larger, more nutritous end result.
Cakes almost double in size when adding 1/2 cup of chia seed gel to the mix.
The finished cake is moist, fluffy and delicious!