EAT THIS: Chia – Superior Superfood

Posted on July 3, 2011 by

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Chia Seeds

Chia is the world’s richest whole food source of omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants and many other essential nutrients. These abundant nutrients support cardiovascular, digestive, bone, joint, neurological, visual, and immune health.  There are many ways to enjoy this important whole food!
Omega 3 Chia® has a very good ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. Gluten-free and very low-sodium. Contains the important mineral boron, a catalyst for the absorption of calcium.

Who should eat Omega 3 Chia®? • Anyone who wishes greater nutrition in their diet • Those with cardiovascular risk factors • Those needing increased calcium intake • Those wishing greater gastrointestinal regularity • Those needing increased fiber in the diet • Those wishing to lose weight should take chia before meals • Those needing a rich source of antioxidants • Those wanting a substitute for fish oil • Those on gluten free diets

What are the applications for Omega 3 Chia® ? • Use in baked goods to add nutrition • Extends shelf life of foods • Use as a substitute for oil and/or egg in recipes • In a beverge /or smoothie• In a nutrition bar • Mix in cereal, oatmeal, soups, dressings, sauces, on salads

Soaked Chia Seeds

great tummy soother, cleanser, and internal hydrator!! You can also add this ‘gel’ to other recipes.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups filtered water

.25 cup chia seeds

Instructions:

Place 1/4 cup dry chia seeds in a jar (with lid) with 1 1/2 cups water (you can play around with this depending on how thick you like them) Stir or put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously; let sit a few minutes and stir/shake again so as no to get clumps – you want all the little seeds to get wet. They will keep in the fridge for up to a week.  For a drink, use 1 – 2 TB chia soaked in 8-10 oz water.  Remember to let it soak first.  Add lemon and or stevia if you want to flavor it!

Chia Hot Porridge

Change up your oatmeal!

Ingredients:

5 TBS thick rolled oats, dry

.5 banana

.5 tsp ground cinnamon

1 oz coconut milk, lite

1 tsp raw honey

1 TBS chia seeds

Instructions:

Bring one cup of water to a boil; add all ingredients to water; continue stirring for about 5 minutes or until you get nice texture. Serve and pour over with coconut milk.

Chia Seed Omelet with Asparagus

Ingredients:

1 TBS chia seeds

2 TBS filtered water

2 eggs

4 asparagus spears

Instructions:

Soak 1 TBS chia seeds in 2 TBS of water for 20 minutes or more, stir once or twice to prevent clumping. This will make a very thick gel.  Gradually stir in 2 eggs and whisk well.   Steam 4 asparagus spears.  Lightly spray a non-stick pan.  Whisk egg and ground chia seed mix again to prevent seeds settling out.  Pour into pan and cook gently until top is set. Using a lid will help the top set faster.

Season to with fresh ground pepper, put asparagus spears in center, fold the omelet over and serve hot.

Chia Apple Pie Breakfast

A delicious well rounded breakfast or dessert.  Provides carbs, protein, and fat.

Ingredients:

2 large apples

.5 cup filtered water

1 TBS chia seeds

1 scoop GT vanilla protein powder

.25 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Instructions:

Peel, core and cut the apple into small pieces.  Put into a saucepan with the water.  Simmer over a very low heat with the lid on until the apples are soft enough to mash.  Take off the heat, add the chia seeds and allow to stand until the seeds soften and swell.  Stir in protein powder and

Note. It’s important to have enough liquid to allow the chia seeds to expand and take up all the excess; so add more water if necessary.

Chia Seed Dressing

Ingredients:

2 TBS balsamic vinegar

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 TBS chia seeds

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and pour on your salad…enjoy! You can add any no salt seasonings/herbs that you like and/or a couple of drops of stevia.

Quick and Easy Cauliflower Chia Soup

Ingredients:

.5 head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 small onion

2 cups low sodium vegetable stock

1 TBS of freshly ground chia seeds

Instructions:

Chop the onion and put into a pot with the small cauliflower pieces and the vegetable stock;

Add 2 cups water and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes.  Take out half the mixture and blend with the ground chia seeds, return this mixture to the pot and stir thoroughly. The result – a lovely thick, creamy cauliflower soup. Serve with a refreshing salad.

Italian Chia Meatballs

9 oz lean ground beef

4 oz tomato paste

2 tsp no salt seasonings

2 TBS fresh ground chia seeds

one onion, diced

1 tsp dried oregano

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Form into meatballs and cook gently in a

nonstick pan turning a couple of times. Takes around 15-20 minutes to cook through.Can also be cooked in the oven 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Chia Almond Butter

This is a highly nutritious and very tasty spread.

Ingredients:

2 TBS chia seeds

.5 TBS extra virgin olive oil

.5 TBS raw honey

2 cups raw almonds

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Transfer to a clean container and store in the fridge.

Chia Pudding

yummy non-dairy pudding!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana

.5 tsp ground cinnamon

2 medjool dates

.25 cup chia seeds

Instructions:

Place the chia seeds in a bowl or covered container. Add banana and dates, blend them in a food processor or blender with the milk and cinnamon. Pour this mixture over the chia seeds and stir well. Let it soak on the counter for at least 10 minutes until thickened, or cover and soak in the fridge overnight. Stir again before serving, and top with fresh fruit and another dash of cinnamon or spices.

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