Thursday, May 30, 2013

Get Your Chia

When I was in elementary school, Chia Heads/Pets were all the rage. Chia commercials played on what seemed like an endless loop. I desperately wanted one and put it on my Christmas list. Santa had a track record of bringing me presents that were close to what I wanted, but not exactly right on the money. You know, it was the right item, wrong brand. Right brand, wrong color. Being a fickle young girl, my likes changed daily and in reality there was no way for Santa to keep up. Santa, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for being so ridiculous and obnoxious as a teeny-bopper. Anyway. Christmas morning came, and there was no Chia Head under the tree…BUT…there was Bob! I grew Bob’s grassy hair and cut it into a mohawk. He turned out to be a fantastic present, until he got moldy and had to be thrown out.

Although I didn't get chia seeds that Christmas in the 90’s, I now have all the chia seeds I need. These guys are little powerhouses and are a great addition to any diet. They look sort of like poppy seeds and come in a variety of colors. They contain omega threes, fiber, protein, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t need to be ground for maximum nutrient absorption. You can find chia seeds in the bulk section of health food stores (Whole Foods), and most regular grocery stores carry them now too. 

How should I use chia seeds? These little guys are practically tasteless, so you can add them to everything! Sprinkle them on cereal, salads, rice dishes, oatmeal, pasta, and stir-fries. Mix them into pancake batter, sauces, and smoothies. You can even mix them into water and drink them. Caution: They do gel if placed in liquid, so be prepared to drink something reminiscent of Orbitz…

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