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Organic Chia Seeds


Chia seeds are typically small ovals, with a diameter of approx 1 mm. and are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. Chia seeds typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. The oil from chia seeds contain a very high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acid - approx. 64% in the oil. Chia seeds contain no gluten.

Currently, chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, the southwestern United States, and South America, but is not widely known in Europe.  Jesuit chroniclers referred to chia as the third most important crop to the Aztecs, behind only corn and beans, and ahead of amaranth. Tribute and taxes to the Aztec priesthood and nobility were often paid in chia seed.


Food Preparation

Grinding chia produces a meal called pinole, which can be made into porridge or cakes. Chia seeds soaked in water or fruit juice is also often consumed and is known in Mexico as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.  Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular (U.S.) cultural icon of the chia pet.

Chia seeds can be easily incorporated into ones diet and can be used with many other foods and beverages. Chia's hydrophilic structure holds water, so when mixed with sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad, dressings, cream cheese, jellies and preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereal, dips, puddings, soups, etc., it displaces calories and fat without diluting flavor. In addition to extending foods by 50% - 75% calories and fat have been reduced without compromising flavor, with an ingredient that is 90% water.

 Chia Seed. Once valued so much that it was used as currency, this unique little seed has exceptional nutritive and structural benefits.

 

Organic Chia Seeds

1 lbs.- $ 14.66

3 lbs.- $ 40.32

5 lbs.- $ 60.80

A few Chia Recipes and Suggestions

for Use as a Food


 Sweet molded cakes)

Ingredients:

Half cup whole ch\EDa seeds

2 heaping cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup sugar

3 whole eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

PAM spray or equivalent

half cup 1% milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

powered sugar (optional)

Bundt cake mold or jello molds

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Spray the mold/s with PAM

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, ch\EDa seeds, and sugar.

  • In a separate bowl, with a spatula, beat the eggs with the oil, milk and vanilla.

  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture until completely mixed together.

  • Fill the mold/s with the batter.

  • Bake in a medium oven (350 degrees) for about 25 minutes (Individual molds should bake for a shorter period of time).

\B7        Remove the mold/s from the oven and let cool on a rack a few minutes until the cake/s can be easily removed from the mold/s. 

  • Sprinkle cake/s with powdered sugar (optional)


 

Chia gel: a food extender/calorie displacer

The gel can be added to creamy/liquid food items such as jelly, jam, yogurt, mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, margarine, barbecue sauce, puddings, etc.  The gel doesn\92t affect flavors, offers nutritional benefits, and cuts calories by decreasing the amount of the food item being extended or displaced.

 

  • Use a 9:1 ratio (water to whole chia seeds).

  • Pour water into a sealable plastic container.

  • Slowly pour chia seeds into water while briskly mixing with wire whisk.

  • Wait a few minutes then whisk again.

  • Let mixture stand about 10 minutes.

  • Whisk again before using.

  • Store in refrigerator in a covered container. 

  • The chia gel will keep for up to 2 weeks.

 


You\92ll need to experiment to find the ratio of chia gel: food item that you prefer.

Example:

Peanut butter & margarine extender

Mix 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or margarine for every \BD tablespoon chia gel.

Mix well.

Note: Soaking in the water has softened the chia gel seeds, but they are still a little crunchy.



 
Brownies

Brownies can be made with an inexpensive store-bought mix.
Most brownie mixes call for 2 eggs for traditional brownies, and 3 eggs for a more cake-like texture. Test samples were made with 3 eggs and 3 teaspoons of whole chia seeds. Mix seeds into batter. Bake about 3-5 minutes FEWER than the mix directions indicate.
 

Chia seeds as garnish

The easiest way to incorporate chia into your diet is to simply sprinkle \BC - 1 teaspoon of whole seeds into foods like:

Couscous

Eggs (sprinkle on, or add while beating eggs)

Muffins (mix into batter)

Oatmeal

Quesadillas (sprinkle on cheese before grilling)

Salads

Salad dressing

Sandwiches (grilled cheese, peanut butter)

Smoothies

Soups

Tabouli

And much more


(Chilled ch\EDa water)

This is best prepared just before serving, as the longer the chia seeds are in the water, the thicker and more gel-like the beverage becomes (see chia gel recipe on next page).  We recommend you make small batches the first few times, and experiment with the amount of chia seeds to determine how large or small an amount of seed you prefer.

Ingredients:

1/3-1/2 cup whole ch\EDa seeds

10 cups of water)

half cup lime juice (or to taste)

1 cup sugar (or to taste)

  • Pour the lime juice and sugar into the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  • Add the ch\EDa seeds to the above ingredients.

  • Shake or stir vigorously and serve cold.

 

 

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