Do You Chia?

Technically, Chia seeds do not fall into the usual categories that I blog about, but I decided to post on the topic of Chia seeds at the request of my husband. He also agreed to be interviewed for the post. He is not normally a person that buys into New Age or Alternative Therapies, so if he likes something like this, I pay attention.

Chia seeds are little black seeds originally used by the Tamahumara Indians as featured in the bestselling book by Christopher McDougall called Born To Run. The seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica which is found in Mexico and South America. The word chia comes from the Aztec word chian which means oily. And that tells you a little bit about this seed. They are chockful of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. That means that they are very good for your heart as well as your joints, hair, and nails.

They have been shown to give you sustained energy, increased satiation (decreasing hunger), better hydration, improved digestion, and better focus throughout the day. The Wall Street Journal had a recent article which talked about traders who eat them all day to give them energy and focus. And I can report that my husband has noticed an immediate benefit from eating these seeds each morning. He is now drinking only one cup of tea in the morning and feels energetic and focused throughout his day.

They are tasteless and can be eaten in a number of ways. If you put them into a liquid like water or juice, they expand after a few minutes of soaking. This is how they help with hydration and feeling full. They are also high in fiber which assists in healthy digestion. These things are key to losing weight. You can mix a tablespoon in your yogurt, glass of juice or coconut water, smoothie, salads, oatmeal and even chocolate milk.

You can buy them online and at health food stores or organic grocery stores. I was able to find them at a Super Target near the flax seeds, but when I went back to buy more, I couldn't find them. One of the ways I like to eat them is to make my own granola bar. I start with one cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup chia seeds and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds. I spread this over a baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees for about 7-8 minutes. Then I take 1/4 cup organic local honey and bring it to a boil. I then quickly mix the dry ingredients into the honey and add some dried cranberries. Then I flatten the mixture into a pan and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. At that point, I cut the bars and then put them back in the fridge to firm up. These have been a yummy way to start the day and I have the energy to do my CrossFit classes!

I hope you have enjoyed my review of this very healthy food. You've just been buzzed!