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Unless you’re out of the loop, Chia seeds are the buzz right now.  It’s the latest superfood mainly for the following reasons.

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.

My favorite recipe for Chia is:

Puree in blender:
1 cup coconut milk (I use canned full-fat)
6 ice cubes
1 tbsp chia seeds (Grind them in a coffee grinder first if you don’t have a Blendtec or Vitamix. Otherwise the shake will be lumpy rather than thick and smooth.)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
10 drops vanilla stevia, or more to your taste (you can sub more honey, but it’s better with the vanilla stevia)

April 14, 2012 by JJ Pursell

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