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Chia Seeds ~ What Are They & Why They Work in Green Smoothies

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Chia seeds are packed with so much energy and fiber there’s no reason not to use them! They are Nature’s “5-Hour Energy”!

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. Chia, is familiar to most of us as a seed used for the novelty of the Chia Pet, clay animals with sprouted Chia seeds covering their bodies. Little is known, however, of the seeds tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties. For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the southwest and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24hr. forced march. Indians running from the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seed for their nourishment.

Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are extremely high in Omega 3 fatty acids and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. One ounce of chia seeds provides eleven grams of fiber. This amount also includes calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, zinc and the proper ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Chia seeds are rich source of antioxidants containing chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol flavonols. These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants that contribute to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.

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Studies show that eating chia seed may slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. If you try putting a spoonful of Chia seeds in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper.

One of the exceptional qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, having the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. Its ability to hold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration. Fluids and electrolytes provide the environment that supports the life of all the body’s cells. Their concentration and composition are regulated to remain as constant as possible. With Chia seeds, you retain moisture, regulate, more efficiently, the bodies absorption of nutrients and body fluids. Because there is a greater efficiency in the utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.

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Chia seeds are Nature’s energy booster!

You do not need to grind chia seeds in order to digest them. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Flax seeds need to be ground for the nutrients to be absorbed by our digestive systems. That is not the case with chia seeds. Unlike flax-seeds, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.

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Chia seeds can be eaten raw as a dietary fiber, omega 3 and antioxidant supplement. Chia seeds soaked in fruit juice are commonly consumed in Mexico and known as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in porridge’s and puddings. Taste-wise, chia seeds have a slight nutty flavor and are a healthful addition to the diet.

Some possible benefits of our Raw White Chia Seeds may include:

● Supporting cardiovascular health
● Being very high in soluble fiber
● Promoting healthy gastrointestinal function
● Strong antioxidant benefits
● Promoting healthy joint function and mobility
● Being great for prolonged energy & endurance
● Supporting a healthy heart
● Supporting healthy blood pressure levels
● Higher antioxidant than blueberries

Our Chia seeds are raw, Non-GMO, non-irradiated, and cultivated without pesticides. Try them and we know you’ll enjoy them.

Suggested Uses: Add to cereal, yogurt or salads or soak in chilled fruit juice to make delicious chia fresca. Can also be mixed into flour when making breads, muffins and other baked goods.

Botanical Name: Salvia hispanica

Other Names: Chia Herb, Chia Sage, Indian Running Food

Source: Znaturalfoods.com

How to make “Chia Gel”:

  • Add 2 Tbsp. of Chia seeds to 1/2 C. water and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  Since each chia seed can absorb 10 to 12 times its weight in liquid you will return to a gel of sorts.  I find this more easily digestible with a better ability to blend than just dry chia seed.
  • Use 1 Tbsp. (or all of it!) of the Chia gel and mix into your green smoothie.  Pulse blend for an additional 20-30 seconds to make sure it’s evenly incorporated.
  • Enjoy!

The energy will kick in about 15-2o minutes after consuming your green smoothie with no evident spike or crash in energy!  I love this stuff!

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