Little Earthen Miracles of Nutritional Density

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Chia seeds are tha bomb.  Seriously…I love these little bastards.  I was introduced 6 years ago and am in fact drinking some right now–(in watered down OJ in case your were curious.)  Chias make sense to me; which is why I’m always shocked when people don’t appreciate them enough to…well…appreciate them.  When I find foods that are little earthen miracles of nutritional density, I can’t help but get excited.  Like Christmas excited.  Like, “tax error in your favor” excited.

chia2Chias are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3’s, glutamate, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, blah, blah, blah.  You’ve heard the “superfood” spiel before.  I really just enjoy their texture and their hydration support.  The nutritional advantages are gravy and just set my mind at ease with the knowledge that they are indeed a great nutritional supplement.  I really just enjoy drinking them.  Think tiny pearl-iced tea balls without the chew.  I find their texture when soaked to be a wonderful way to break up the monotony of hydrating.  I feel like I’m always drinking water but at the same time, am always thirsty :-|  Maybe I need a doctor…email me if you know a hydration specialist.

Not everyone enjoys the texture chias bring to liquid but marathoners use them as a slow drip hydration supplement.  If you’ve never seen ’em in action, chias are able to pull in and retain water like a gelatinous water filled bubble…I love the texture but have realized it’s not for everyone.   They can be used in recipes as a binding agent and can be sprinkled into food without any presoaking, but like I said I just drink em.  Buy online to save moulah but they do keep inching up the price.  I used to get them for $6lb…now they are $8-$10; here’s a source: http://www.getchia.com/

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