Chia Seeds! (seriously!)

Written by snow17048 on 4/17/2010 3:56 PM | COMMENTS (5)

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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  • Post Image ccsousa

    4/14/2011 12:46 PM
    Hi! I'm new to WW and just started with Chia Seeds and both are great. I have found that with WW new points value 2 T = 2 points. I have used it in baking. Replace 1/2 oil/butter with 1/2 Chia Seeds. First soak in water to make into gel form. My WW apple cake will still moist. Chia seeds, lower blood sugar levels, block some carbs from obsorbing, gives you more energy, fills you up and lowers blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure to begin with DO NOT TAKE.

  • Post Image pas2583

    5/3/2010 10:06 PM
    Don't know if you have a HyVee grocery store in your area, but I found Chia in the baking section there.

  • Post Image pas2583

    5/3/2010 10:04 PM
    I had a diet nutritionist tell me to add it to water and use instead of oil when baking.

  • Post Image miykh42

    4/18/2010 9:21 AM
    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

  • Post Image jblairlane

    4/17/2010 4:37 PM
    I have never heard of eating Chia seeds - wow. I'll look into them the next time I'm at vitamin cottage.


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