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 eat 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.
Oh, the nutrients!
Chias 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.
Texture not for you?
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 pre-soaking, 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/