Chia is the Mayan word for strength, and Indians in Southern Mexico know chia seeds as “Indian Running Food.” In the raw food world, chia seeds are being hailed as a near perfect food as they are easy to digest, promote healthy elimination, are the highest known plant source of the essential fatty acid, Omega 3, are between 19 to 23% protein and have lots of soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds hold over twelve times their weight in water and as such are super hydrating to our cells. Chia seeds are so full of antioxidants that they will keep up to 5 years if stored in a cool dark place. When chia seeds are mixed with a liquid they turn into a gel that is easily added to foods such as juices, salad dressings, dessert puddings and cereals. Look for organically grown chia seeds… they are good for you, the farmer, insects and our Earth!
Daily Amount: Eat 2 to 4 tablespoons of the dry chia seeds every day, but make them into a gel first.
Chia Gel: In a pint jar, put 1/3 cup dry chia seeds and fill to the top with pure water or fruit juice. Secure with the lid and shake to mix. Let sit 10 minutes then shake again. Refrigerate for 12 hours before eating for the best absorption of nutrients. Makes 3 servings.
Chia Pudding: To make a simple chia pudding, put 1 pint Chia Gel (see above) into a blender with 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate, black cherry or cranberry juice and 1 chopped apple. Blend until smooth. Keeps for several days in the refrigerator. Makes 4 servings.