Are you thinking ch-ch-ch-chia? You probably once owned one of those green hair clay pot pets, given to you at Christmas because you love flowers. The Chia seed and your pet Chia are cousins.
Only recently did chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood. The word “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” It is being used as a nutty topping for yogurts and salads and used in cereals, energy bars, even pasta dishes.
Health conscious people everywhere are now eating chia seed and on the hunt for recipes.
A common dosage is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds, twice per day.
Nutritional values of one ounce (28.4 grams) chia seeds:
Calories: 138 (subtract the fiber, 10 x 4 = 40 changes to 98 calories)
Total Carbohydrate: 12 g (subtract 10 g of fiber to get 2 g Carbs for you diabetics)
Dietary fiber 10 g (wow!)
Protein: 4.7 g (wow!)
Total Fat: 9 g (5 of which are Omega-3's).
- Saturated fat 0.9 g
- Polyunsaturated fat 7 g
- Monounsaturated fat 0.7 g
- Trans fat 0 g
- Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Potassium 115 mg
Calcium: 17% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 23% of the RDA.
Iron: 12% of the RDA
Look for Chia seed everywhere...Wal-Mart, Sam's and your better Grocery stores.
Please share your ideas for adding these great little seeds to your recipes.