Ch Ch Ch Chia! (Chia Seeds)

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  1. Bud

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    Anyone try them?

    I read they were uber-nutritious and loaded with goodies (vitamins, minerals, essentials oils, fiber, etc.). So, 2 months ago I picked up a 3 lb. bag of organic chia seeds from Vitacost for $20. I'm now on my second bag! :)

    When you mix them in water, they make a thick gel which you drink. You can also mix them in cookies, bread, etc.

    Since using them, the biggest difference I notice is my complexion is much clearer and less oily.

    Dry seeds: (shown on a teaspoon for scale)

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    When mixed with water: (shown on a teaspoon for scale)

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    Teaspoon full in some water

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    http://www.mychiaseeds.com/Articles/ChiaSeedHydration.html
    http://www.mychiaseeds.com/ChiaSeedGallery.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica
     
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    The chia gel is addictive. In Mexico, they add some sugar + lime and sell it.

    I drink a couple glasses per day. I mix 2 level tablespoons in about 16 oz. of water and it turns into a nice thick gel.
     
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    Just be careful
     
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    Yum, cookie dough :)
     
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    chia fresca

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    I was mistaken previously. I've had a couple of the drinks above in the past year. The texture seemed a bit weird at first but I quickly became accustomed to it and I recall enjoying it. The drinks are a little bit pricey at Whole Foods so I've not tired it again for a while. Yesterday, I found the whole seeds (organic) in the bulk bins at Whole Foods for $7.49/lb so I'll be trying some in my juice today.
     
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    chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. I mix a tablespoon into my post-workout smoothies.
     
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    Yum, I'll look for these in Whole Foods :)

    The texture of hydrated chia seeds is a bit like fish / frog eggs. Their size increases about 10x when added to water
     
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    ^ Found the chia drinks in a refrigerated section with the coconut waters and iced coffee drinks.




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    Tastes just like the Frutopia grape juice drink
     
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    You've tried one Fedace? What did you think of the texture of the hydrated chia seeds?
     
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    I have been mixing chia seeds (2-3 tsp) into water or juice and letting it sit for about 10 mins before ingesting. This allows the seeds to plump somewhat and to start forming a gel (mucilage). It is also supposed to improve the availability of the chia nutrients.

    I've done a bit of reading about soaking chia seeds and it would seem that longer periods of soaking may improve the ORAC value substantially. ORAC is a measure of anti-oxidant activity. The ORAC value of black chia seeds is supposed to be one of the highest, if not the highest, of any food. Chia seeds (black and white) have a higher ORAC value than blueberries.

    Some sources suggest that soaking the seeds in water or juice for 12-24 hours will produce more gel and may triple the already high ORAC value of the seeds. When soaking for extended periods such as this, but sure to do so in a sealed jar (container). Be sure to refrigerate unused portions after this 12-24 hour period. Some sources suggest refrigeration during the initial soaking.

    http://www.rawreform.com/content/view/345/127/
    http://www.chiativity.org/2009/02/orac-value-of-chia-seeds.html
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    Thanks for the additional info!

    I usually just soak until a thick gel is formed in water (15 minutes). I also notice that sugar tends to keep the gel from forming as quickly. When adding sugar, I usually soak the seeds in water until the gel stage... then add the sugar and flavoring and mix into the gel.

    I will use a gallon jug and put the proper amount of seed inside (1 T for every 8-10 oz. of water) .. then place in the fridge and drink until finished. That will allow a really long soaking time for the seeds.

    If my calculations are correct, one gallon of water should require 12-14 T of chia seeds :)
     
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    you can also make killer puddings with chia seeds. Soak them overnight, or for at least a few hours, then put them into a blender (preferably a high speed beauty like a BlendTec or VitaMix but any decent one should do) along with your add ins of choice. I know people that will put in blueberries and some lemon juice along with some agave nectar. my favorite is to put in raw cacao powder, frozen cherries and just enough raw vanilla agave nectar to give it a mild sweetness.

    a dessert you can feel good about!
     
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    I've made chia chocolate pudding and it's excellent :)

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    I now have a gallon of chia gelling in the fridge ;)
     
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    Is that the Nutiva organic seeds? Are they primarily white or black/gray seeds or something in-between? What have you heard about the nutritional profile of white vs black? I've seen some claims that white seeds are superior while other sources indicate the black seeds possess a higher ORAC value. Another sources claims that there is no (significant0 difference.
     
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    thanks for posting that link, those homemade energy bars look awesome. I'm gonna take a go at making them this weekend.

    re white vs black, the reading I've done on the subject indicates there's no nutritional difference between the two. There's a professor at the University of Arizona who has done a lot of research on the topic and wrote some articles, I'll see if I can find a link.
     
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    I've tried them, with mixed results:

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    Yes. Nutiva organic chia seeds from Vitacost. They are about 90-95% black seeds and the remainder white. From what I've read the nutritional profiles are similar with the ORAC value of the black seeds being a bit higher.

    Pretty much how the germinated (hydrated) seed appears :mrgreen:
     
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    I have started taking chia in plain water or OJ. Is it possible to take too much of this stuff?
     
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    Nope.. eat/drink as much as you'd like (just remember it's not healthy to drink too much water per day) :)

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    I'm now making the gel by the gallon. I guess letting the chia seeds hydrate at room temperature for 12-24 hours increases their nutrient availability (thanks SA!) Place in the fridge after 24 hours.

    I add 13-15 tablespoons of chia seeds to a gallon of purified water. 15T makes a nice thick homogenous gel... while 13T makes it a bit more watery (it will separate slightly when left alone).

    I drink about 16 oz. to 20 oz. per day
     
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    Anyone else still drinking chia gel? Feedback? Stories? :)
     
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    I put chia seeds in my morning and recovery smoothies, and I also put a tablespoon in my 'on the court' liquid container when I'm playing. It holds maybe half a gallon of water and I put in a tablespoon of chia and 1-2 scoops of Cytomax (depending on the heat), and then ice. Works great.
     
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    I put 1 TBSP of chia seeds to my drinking water. 48 oz bottle when I go to the tennis courts, 32 oz bottle otherwise. So I maybe get 3-4 TBSP per day. They soak in the water nicely and they are fun to suck on when having a water break on the court :) I feel like I stay hydrated better, plus the fiber makes me less hungry, which is a good thing, because I tend to eat anything in sight.

    I get my organic chia seeds at Amazon (Nutiva's brand), I found them best price, not tax, free shipping. They ran out of the black ones recently, so I've been reading on, and it seems like there is absolutely no nutritional difference between the black and white chias.
     
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    Two chia and oatmeal recipes to try

    http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2011/03/no-cook-overnight-oatmeal-chia.html

    and

    http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2011/08/chocolate-almond-chia-oats.html

    I am currently eating the first one, without any nut butter. I added a half teaspoon of ground chocolate and a good sprinkle of cinnamon sugar instead of the nut butter and honey. I used Coach's Oatmeal from Costco. It's not bad. It's a thicker density than I'm used to eating and its taking me a while to get it down, but its very filling.

    I got a quarter pound of chia seeds from the bulk bin at Sprouts Market nearby. Didn't want to get a whole pound until I tried them. I'll figure out a way to add them to a smoothie or green tea or juice later on this week.
     
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    The best way to eat chia seeds?

    Buy G.T. Dave's Synergy Kombucha with green chia.

    The entire bottle is filled with chia seeds, and Kombucha "Wonder Drink" tastes really good and was even featured in Dr Oz show.
     
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    I use them a couple ways. I turn them into a gel and will eat a couple spoonfuls before a run or tennis match. Good variation is to use lemonade or grape juice instead of water, makes the gel taste a bit better.

    I also spread the gel in between PB&J sandwiches - awesome source of energy.

    To make the seeds easily accessible, use an old spice jar with the holes on top...sprinkle them in smoothies, on oatmeal, or anything where the seeds can actually adhere to something. Putting on salads and cereal is a waste since they just trickle to the bottom of the bowl.

    I've also gone Tarahumara style and cooked up some Masa Harina and Chia into some patty cakes. Not the best tasting but still tweaking the recipe.
     
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    Chia chocolate pudding is also good :)
     
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