April 20, 2013

Super Seeds, or Simply Chia





With the arrival of spring, it comes a time of renewal and cleaning out not only our homes, pantries, wardrobes, and gardens, but those old eating habits as well. It is important to detox and cleanse now to remove the impact of the cold winter weather, the less active lifestyle and the accumulated toxins. As the days warm up my cravings start to turn away from rich, warm and decadent food toward more lighter and healthy dishes, more spring vegetables and fruits. Not to mention the fact that I desperately need to lose a few pounds. Last spring, I was obsessed with home sprouting. You can see how to germinate seeds at home here.
This spring, on my latest trip to Bulk Barn, the friendly seller brought to my attention a product that I hadn't heard of. He was even surprised that I know nothing about Chia Seeds. After a short lecture about this tiny speck of seeds, I bought the package. What is so special, I couldn't stop thinking. After a little research, yes, a little, you don't need to browse hours in the net to be convinced that this small chia seed is highly nutritious and rich in easily digestible protein, vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants, minerals, you name it. It contains more omega-3s than flax seeds, more calcium than milk and is a gluten-free whole grain. Known as Salvia hispanica, these "magical" seeds are an ancient food that belong to the mint family and were originally grown in Mexico and Central America. In fact, "chia" is the Mayan word for "strength." But you might be familiar with them because of their mention in Christopher McDougall's bestselling book Born to Run (which is on my reading list now), or you might remember the kitschy Chia Pet with grass-like hair only that these seeds are grown organically and for human consumption. You can read more about the health benefits of chia seeds here.
Since chia seeds readily dissolve into water as they create a cool gelatin-like substance, researchers suggest chia seeds can help you lose weight and they are very beneficial to your skin. Nutritionists recommend one tablespoon of chia each day. And because of its earthy taste or perhaps absence of taste, chia can be combined with basically everything you like to eat, sweet or savoury. You can toss the seeds in smoothies, sprinkle them on oatmeal and salads, or soak them directly in a flavourful milk. You can eat them raw or bake breads and muffins with them, or make puddings. Whatever your imagination comes up with in terms of cooking, put chia in it. Some people even use it as a safe egg substitute and to thicken soups and sauces.
I have been using chia seeds for more then a week and have been experimenting with various recipes.
I love to have my yogurt in the morning packed with fruits and chia seeds. I also enjoy making healthy chia seed puddings. It is easy and no cooking is necessary. Click here to see some really interesting chia recipes.

After mentioning all this and much more if you look up sources, how would you not want to add chia seeds to your kitchen cupboard. Make sure when you buy them to look for good quality, certified organic product, not GMO since low quality chia can be poor in nutrition value.









Berry Chia Pudding 


Ingredients: 

1/2 cup chia seeds
2 1/2 strawberry milk, or any other flavoured milk (almond, coconut, banana)
1 cup fresh berries (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Blend milk, berries, vanilla, and syrup together in a blender on high till smooth.
Pour berry mixture over chia seeds and stir thoroughly with a whisk or a fork. Let the mixture rest for five minutes, and stir again. About ten minutes later, stir again. Refrigerate. If you desire, let the mixture sit overnight.
If the texture is too thick, simply add more milk. You can substitute berries with 3 tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate chia pudding.




Have you ever tried chia seeds? What is your favorite way to eat chia?



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29 comments:

  1. Lovely photo's of your kitchen. I see you have a liking for floral china as well. I love your collection!

    Never heard of chia seeds before, but they look beautiful on top of the pudding.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

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    1. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. Read more about Chia seeds at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

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  2. Are these the same "chia" as the infamous "Chia Pets"? glad to know they are a healthy addition to our diet and not just used for some kitchy green hair! Wonderful photos as always, Sylvia. Your cabinet display with the dishes makes my heart go pitty pat!

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    1. Yes, Debra, they're what these kitschy Chia pets are made from only that these seeds are grown organically and for human consumption. Thank you for reminding me to include this info in the post.

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  3. Sylvia, Such a lovely post! I do so enjoy your photos!
    Sherry

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  4. Sylvia, I've heard of chia seeds lately too. Thanks for your informative post! I need to buy some of these and start getting their benefits!

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  5. This was so interesting! I never knew any of this and it didn't dawn on me that they were the same as in the chia pets. I eat a "root diet" with no meats or dairy and I am always looking for natural and healthy things to add to my diet. I am definitely going to read more about them and give them a try.

    Your photos are beautiful Sylvia and I always look forward to your posts.

    Sarah xo

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  6. Good morning dearest friend!

    Again, your photos are warm and comforting and share a vision for the essentials of living a most quiet life. Rich in beauty AND in nutrients for the soul as well as the body!

    CHIA SEEDS ARE DELICIOUS! We too use them in our yogurt and it is a lovely thing to take care of the temple in which we live by feeding the best fruits, vegetables, grains and sprouts to our bodies. OH! They are also good in a spinach salad with cut up strawberries and dried cranberries!

    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday! Anita

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  7. SYLVIA!

    THANK YOU for coming to my "birthday party" for YOU ALL....nothing is more wonderful to receive than a friend. AND YES, I am Taurus and I believe that Suzanne is also! YIKES! We Taurus are "determine" (nicer than STUBBORN!)

    Enjoy a calming week and life IS BEAUTIFUL. Anita

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  8. I have never heard of them that I can recall, but I am very interested. I live in such a small town that stuff like that is hard to find. I need to send my husband on a mission as he travels this week.

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  9. Your post is as packed full of info goodies as the chia seeds! I had no idea. We have good markets for this kind of thing here, and we'll be looking for them. Hope you're having a happy week!

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  10. I have missed so many beautiful blog posts! Gorgeous, gorgeous all of them! I can see you have been busy and enjoying life.All the best,
    Nathalie

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  11. I love my chia seeds, Sylvia! I didn't exactly know how much to eat during the day, so thank you for that info. And for the great recipe! It sounds and looks delicious! I've been throwing them in my morning fruit smoothies, soups, and on cereal. Love that we're doing something healthy for our bodies with something so tiny! :) Oh, and I just love your photography, girl. Absolutely beautiful!

    xoxo laurie

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  12. I remember the commercial for the chia pets! Ch-Ch-Ch- Chia! :)))
    Only lately it comes to light how miraculous these little seeds are for the body...thank you, dear sister, for this beautiful and enlightening post...
    You have made chia seeds into a work of art! :)
    That pudding looks so yummy and pretty...I actually had planned on trying them in my smoothies...

    And thank you for coming by the post...what joy to see your message, beautiful Sylvia! Celebrating friendship! :)
    Blagodarya! :)
    Much love to you,
    - Irina

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  13. need to be careful in your a diabetic Chia seeds slows the absorption of carbohydrates pump users be ware will case low blood sugars to an extreme.

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    1. Thank you for the warning! In fact, many articles suggest that chia seeds are beneficial for diabetics since they help with controlling insulin, lowering the cholesterol, the heart rate and as you point out - the blood sugar. I see, you give emphasis to "an extreme". Perhaps, if someone is suffering from diabetes, he or she should consult with a doctor before taking chia.

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  14. I started sprinkling chia seeds over my cereal after reading about the benefits. Bought mine at the Bulk Barn but out of the bins - I better check to see if they are organic.

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  15. You offer us such delightful photos ...I love this blog, I'll come back soon!

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  16. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I have been following your blog for a while now. I drool over your amazing photos and vintage kitchenware/fabrics. And of course, your unique perspective on life.

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  17. I confess, I have a bag
    of these in my fridge, but
    haven't done anything more
    but toss them in a smoothie.
    Thank you for inspiring me
    to get creative!!! Love all of
    your pictures and how you
    make me want to dive into
    each one : )

    Saw Anita's comment, above.
    I am actually an Aries!

    xo Suzanne

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  18. I have a package of chias; maybe I can sprout them (after reading your wonderful directions). Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  19. Good morning Sylvia!

    It was so lovely to see your comment yesterday; the warm weather is keeping people outdoors and I hope I get the response to this blog party as I had in the past! Thank you for visiting and do you then want me to put you on my list to join in posting for that week? I will add your name, but if you are not participating, just let me know! You are so kind....LOVE! Anita

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  20. Oh swoon! What a lovely blog you have here! So glad I stumbled anew into this place. so glad to be following along! xo

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  21. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

    Also visit my homepage :: CHI Flat Iron

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  22. Absolutely beautiful...everything!
    I love the photo of your china collection
    in your cupboard....just beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing about chias and for
    sharing the recipe looks delicious!
    Corinne

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  23. Hey! Nice blog!
    I've discovered that I have the same cups tea ass your bowls. Do you know if it is a good signature?
    Kisses!

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  24. Gorgeous photos. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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  25. Sylvia, I have heard a lot about chia in the news lately but haven't tried it. What an interesting food! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the beautiful photos to go with this post. I may have to try it soon! Pamela

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