Sunday, November 06, 2011
Deliberate Self Care: Chia
I've been eating (actually drinking) chia seeds for a few months now and am in love. A nutritionist friend of mine recommended this to our family when I was worried that one of my sons (a picky eater) might not be getting enough protein. I ordered some and was immediately hooked. In addition to protein, chia provides omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, blah, blah, blah...look it up. My hubby (the runner) was also hooked when he found out that this is the superfood of the amazing barefoot Aztec runners.
Chia seeds come in white or black, whole or ground up. Some people add a spoonful or two to their smoothies. Other folks add a couple tablespoons to a glass of water, stir it, wait until in turns into a gel, which they keep in their fridge, and then add chia gel as they wish to juice or recipes. I used to do that, but now I just keep a bag of it on my countertop and stir it in to whatever I'm drinking.
This is how I started drinking it--a small spoonful in my juice (watered down, always):
Over a couple of weeks, I graduated to drinking it straight up in a mug of hot water. I let it sit for a couple of minutes so it soaks up some liquid.
I also like it in coconut milk. I'm not going name my favorite brand, but I will tell you that it is "so delicious." ;)
Chia doesn't have much taste, but if you have a hard time with different textures, it takes a little getting used to. When I first started drinking it in juice I'd pretend they were kiwi seeds, and when I'd drink it in coconut milk I'd pretend they were tapioca balls like you get in boba tea. A week or two later, I found I was accepting them for the wonderful little tooth-sticking youth-keeping anti-inflammatory seeds that they are.
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