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Chia Seeds?

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    Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 10:39pm
Can anyone tell me about these?  My mom has been raving about them this week and brought a bag full for me to try.  I haven't had time to do any research, so I thought I'd take a shortcut and ask all of you wise ladies what you think and what you know.  From a very quick Google search it seems like they're a good source of omega 3s but my mom is known for finding weird diet and nutrition loopholes and fads, so tell me what you think! LOL
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A coach on my team eats them, but she soaks them in Almond milk first.  I can ask her if you like?  I know they are REALLY good for you!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote taowensf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 10:48pm
Several of my friends LOOOOVE them. Sprinkled in yogurt, making chia pudding, etc. I've never had them, personally, so no personal recommendation from me. 
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My sister goes on and on about them.  She soaks them first in water and then adds them to smoothies.  They are kinda like black tapioca pudding to me.  Not much taste to them.  Really high in fibre too, I think.   
 
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I can't think about them with a straight face -- those "chia pet" things where the seeds sprout into "fur" are what come to mind.
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Ooh I love chia seeds. I usually make a pudding with almond milk. I make a big batch up and try to let it germinate in the fridge for at least 24 hours. It makes a good quick and filling/stick with you breakfast. I sweeten it with maple syrup.
Make sure you dring a ton of water when you eat it though.
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i like them added to smoothies or oatmeal. i have tried the chia pudding and am not a fan. they never get totally soft IME, the very center is always a bit hard. i think you can make a gel and use in baking to replace some of the fat! i have never tried it though. 
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Another thing I do with them is add a tsp to runny yogurt or soups for Sammy. after a minute or two it thickens and is less messy for him. It's a really good form of fibre too. I made homeade lara bars (balls) the other night and added some that I had ground.
 
IMO I don't think that you can get the nutrition out of them unless you germinate or grind them. Like a flax seed they come out exactly as they go in Embarrassed
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I started eating chia seeds after I read the book Born to Run.  I would take a tablespoon or two and mix it with water and a slice of lemon or lime.  The texture of the hydrated seeds is a bit slimy, so if you are a "texture person" that might throw you off of them.  I really didn't mind it at all.  I would have my chia cocktail before a run, especially one longer than 5 miles.  They help you store water so you don't have to carry it with you, but I would never end up with a cramp.

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Originally posted by ambrose ambrose wrote:

I can't think about them with a straight face -- those "chia pet" things where the seeds sprout into "fur" are what come to mind.



Totally this. I've heard they are fantastic for you...but i keep on seeing the Homer SImpson one in my head!
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