CH. . CH . . CH . . CHIA!
Ch. . . Ch. . . Ch. . . Chia! An Amazing Beneficial Superfood!
Last week in June!
We just came home from spending a wonderful week at Gimili on Lake Winnipeg. I enjoyed walking on the beach, collecting stones and reading. Melvin & I took time to rest and enjoy the beauty all around.
I could be called a health nut; always reading about the health benefits of foods, exercise, massage and more. I decided to do some research on the health benefits of chia seeds, taking notes so I could share with everyone how amazing this seed really is. I had been eating these seeds for a few years now, but that week started me on a serious plan to include them in my diet a few times everyday. Here are some of the results of trials done by doctors, scientists and found in research data.
As I read and study more on chia seeds & find the time, I will post again!
I didn’t realize until now that chia seeds are a complete protein . . .and contain all the amino acids our bodies need.
MOIST BAKING – IF one is looking for ways to cut out fat & calories in baking & yet turn out moist baked products, chia can be a substitute. Up to half the fat called for in a recipe can be replaced with chia seeds. Recipes with chia seeds need to be baked a few minutes longer.
A Quick easy to make gel that you can mix, store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and use to replace eggs or fat to boost your nutrition.
Add a spoon or 2 of this gel to salad dressing, ketchup, relish, peanut butter & increase the vitamin & mineral levels; also adds protein, omega fatty acids, & fibre.
chia gel recipe: 1cup cool water
2 tablespoons chia seeds (or 22 grams)
Add and stir in the chia seeds. Let rest 5 minutes. Stir well again, rest a half hour, stir up and refrigerate in a cover jar. This gel can be used in the following recipe.
WAFFLES & PANCAKES – 4 or 5 Belgium waffle or 12 pancakes
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup oatmeal (turn into oat flour in a blender)
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
1 cup coconut milk (or almond, dairy, soy)
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
1/2 cup chia gel
2 tablespoons avocado oil
Beat together the milk, yogurt, chia gel, oil & eggs.
Stir both mixtures together. Fry into pancakes or waffles.
Melvin & I always start our morning by sharing lemon juice from half a lemon in each of our full glass of water. (this is to balance our PH & it has cleared up Melvin’s acid reflux) We did that at Gimili, but as well about 20 minutes prior to drinking this, I added a tablespoon of chia seeds to each if our glasses. (stirred to gel) At home for years we sprinkled chia on our cereal so this gave us our chia seeds. (plus provided a perfect “Poop”)
Chia seeds are now part of our daily diet.