Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ch-ch-chia!

If you're the kind of person who likes a challenge, I've got one for you: try to take a photo of soaked chia seeds and make them look tasty (as opposed to the primordial goo from which all life was born). Part of our complete breakfast this morning (or should I say "our complete breakfast this morning...") was Meredith's Blueberry & Chia Pudding. It was the perfect balance or warmth and yumminess. Even Andrew who wasn't originally a huge fan of soaked chia thought it was great!

Chia, an edible seed, is really something I encourage you to make a part of your own diet. And yes, the ones we eat are the same ones as we sprout as Chia Pets. Urban legend says that they are SO nutrient packed that one tablespoon can sustain you for 24 hours. More conservative estimates say that one tablespoon a day makes your much needed calcium levels shoot through the roof (so yes, you can definitely get enough--and a better source--of calcium on a raw diet by eating chia seeds).

Chia is super rich in antioxidants, so Meredith's chia/blueberry combination is pure health in a bowl! Chia seeds also have tons of fiber, and more goodies like magnesium (to help bind that calcium!), manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc. Because they're high in omega-3s (the richest plant source actually), they help prevent inflammation, ie. arthritis and related problems, and they keep your blood pressure at healthy low levels.

Again, if that's not enough to convince you, chia seeds help with weight loss as they reduce food cravings through their slow absorption time (especially if you soak them). I also find them super filling (really, 1 tbsp goes a long way with chia).

Finally, if you're an endurance athlete, they really help keep you hydrated and your blood sugar in check if you soak them and eat them as the more gelatinous substance they become!

Go out there and eat your chia. Want Meredith's recipes? Check them out!

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