Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guest Post: Cha Cha Cha Chia (and Why You Should Try It)


Today one of our good friends, Dana, is here at F-it to share her love for chia! I'll admit I'd never even heard of eating chia seeds until Lori made me a chia drink one day. Normally I'm weird with texture, but I thought it tasted kind of like bubble tea, plus chia is super healthy for you ... so why the F not? I got a huge bag of chia seeds at Costco and now I'm all about the chia, too.

Take it away, D! 




Hello, my name is Dana and I'm addicted to Chia! 

As a child of the 80s, I would have never thought that I would ever want to consume the seeds that are spread on the top of a terracotta animal statue.  But sure enough, I do and weekly for that matter.

It all started when my sister and I were training for a half marathon. We had just completed a long run, and she informed me that she needed to stop at Whole Foods on the way home. All I could think about was how thirsty I was. She agreed to buy me a drink to hold me over (I had no cash with me). So I picked up a Mamma Chia drink and F-it, I went for it. The texture was so strange - kind of like watery jello with seeds, but I really liked the flavor, and then about 15 minutes later, I loved the way I felt! My energy levels went up! It didn't necessarily quench my thirst, but it was enough to hold me over until I got a glass of water.

I decided to read into the benefits of chia and found that they are "filled with two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. Plus, it has of high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants." (http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/fit-food-the-benefits-of-chia-seeds). So...consuming chia became a weekly thing.  My sister even bought me a case of Mamma Chia for my birthday.

Since then, Lori sent me a video on how to make your own chia drinks and it's so easy! You simply put 1 to 3 tablespoons of chia seeds into 1 cup of water and let it sit for at least an hour. When the water is cool, add another cup of your favorite juice, stir and then it's ready! I've also experimented with chia puddings,which I found on the beloved Pinterest. I found that if the ingredients that you are using are too wet, then the pudding doesn't solidify. As a solution, I would just put the portion that I was going to eat in the freezer for about 20 minutes before eating, so the consistency is less "soupy".

Now it has never happened to me but be careful using chia seeds and never eat them dry. They expand when wet and could cause choking.


Raspberry Lemon Chia Pudding Recipe (From The Healthy Maven)

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups milk or coconut milk
  • 4 1/2 T chia seeds
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 T honey (or agave or maple syrup)
Steps:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large, sealable container. Make sure all chia seeds are mixed in.
  2. Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  3. Serve cold with toppings of choice.

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