You see those things up there that look like black sesame seeds? They are Chia Seeds and they’re my new best friend. Ever since they popped up in my local Trader Joe’s as a “new item”, I cannot stop using them. I know, I know. Now you have that dang Chi Chi Chi Chia pet commercial jingle in your head, right? You’re welcome. But seriously folks, I use them in EVERYTHING because they are a great way to add a nutritional boost to many recipes.
What The Heck Are Chia Seeds Anyway?
Well I’m glad you asked. Chia seeds are an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica which is a member of the mint family that grows throughout southern Mexico. While you may be more familiar with them as sprouts growing on your novelty Chia pet planters, these tiny seeds are anything but novel.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are a better source than flax. They’re also rich in antioxidants and can be stored for a long time without becoming rancid like so many other fatty acid containing products. They can be eaten whole which means you don’t have to grind them up like you do flax seeds and are a good source of fiber, about 6.9 grams per serving.
What Do I do With Them?
Since Chia seeds don’t have to be ground to be eaten, you can feel free to sprinkle them onto anything you’d like. Some of our favorite ways to eat them are:
♥ Sprinkled over greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey
♥ Sprinkled over pancakes, waffles or french toast.
♥ Stirred into a beverage like lemonade ( this is popular in Mexico).
What do you think you would put Chia Seeds in?