I came home to a fresh batch of “Chia Fresca” today. My Momz heard great things from this little seed and brought home a bag full.
The only Chia I knew about was the “Chia Pets” that I grew when I was a kid! Surely Momz didn’t want me to eat my Cha… chaaa.. cha… chia!!! Ha!
She soaked the seeds in water since the morning then added some natural sugar for taste. The best way I can describe the taste is:
Melted watermelon gummy bears! Mwahahahahaaa!
It wasn’t as sweet as the candy but did have the gummy bear soft gel texture in the water crossed with strawberries. It was refreshing and interesting enough quite filling.
I googled the seed and found a great article at: Nuts.com with the following information I have pasted from their site:
7 Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds
- Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
- Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
- Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
- Reduce your blood pressure: There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
- Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect againstinflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
- Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
- They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don’t need to be ground up
Pricing varies and this site has it listed at $9.00/lb and list GREAT recipes for these delicious seeds. I recommend trying it out and 1 out of my 2 children LOVED it.
Comment below if you have tried this seed in your foods and what your experience has bee. Would love to hear about it!