Replacing the excitement over flax seeds, chia seeds have moved into place for a healthy source of omega 3 fats. So yesterday I had a rare chance to pop into the health food store in another town 70 miles away (I was there for work). I grabbed a bag and tried to ignore the ridiculous price and bought it.
Apparently they are twice as good as flax and unlike flax, you don't have to grind them to make it so your body gets the benefits it needs from them. My hubby put some in his oatmeal this morning and reported that he'd do it again. I sprinkled some on my salad for lunch today and liked it except I put a tablespoon on and it was too much. One or two teaspoons would have been sufficient.
They aren't as nutty as flax but do have a nice crunchy slight nutty taste. They are only 1 point for 2 tablespoons and since a little goes a long way you get a lot of nutrition bang for your point buck. :)
I'm going to try mixing in a couple of tablespoons into some blueberry muffin batter for Sunday morning breakfast and I think it'll be yummy. You could easily mix it into granola that you sprinkle on your yogurt too.
Don't ask me if you can grow a chia-pet with them, I have no idea but it was the first question my 12 year old son asked me!
We are all trying to get our healthy fats according to our Good Health Guidelines so I thought I'd share this new option. They're loaded with fiber and swell in your tummy too keep you full longer - awesome option for your morning oatmeal to keep hunger away longer.
Give them a try if you can find them in your health food store or I'm sure those big Whole Foods stores have them.
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