Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chia Fresca!!

So I have been reading up on Chia seeds. They are considered a super food high in Omega 3 oils. Here is what Dr. Weil said about them.

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

Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "chia fresca." As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods.
I made my chia gel by adding 1/3c chia seeds to 2c water in a jar. You have to shake this every 5-10 minutes because it begins to gel fast. I left out for about an hour then refridgerated. 
Chia Fresca
2tbls chia gel
flavored sparkling water (not the sweet kind)
Whatever juice or sugar free drink you like. I used Crystal Light.
I put the chia seeds in first. Then add desired amount of sparkling water and juice and stir. It taste like bubble tea. I really enjoyed this drink.
I am looking forward to trying them other ways.


Lo said...

Fascinating. I was just thinking upon first glance at the picture above that it reminded me of bubble tea -- only with more health bennies!

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