Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chia Water?

A few weeks ago, I attended a healthy cooking class in town. I am still digesting all the wonderful information that was given during the two day event but one thing that was mentioned briefly was chia seeds.

It did not occur to me immediately that I knew exactly what chia seeds were. The little terra-cotta animals growing wild hair was the furthest thing from my mind, but that’s exactly what they are. The little grass-hair growing seeds that so many of us had in our kitchen windows so many, many years ago. But fast forward to today and I now know that chia seeds are amazing little seeds that I should pay a little attention to.

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Over the past year, I have been trying to increase my water intake. I have gotten into the habit of keeping a cup of ice water with me at all time, especially when I will be in any one place for a period of time. Yesterday when visiting a friend, she dumped a couple of spoons of chia seeds into my water and suggested that I adopt it regularly. She said a church member does it and it’s a good way to add the whole grain to your diet. I was incredibly nervous. Chia seeds develop a gelatinous substance around them when they soak in water and I immediately thought of flax seeds. You can soak flax seeds in water for a period of time and end up with a really great hair gel. So I was just a little bit worried that after 20 minutes my water would be sludge. But it wasn’t and I survived my first encounter with chia.

When I got home, I consulted Dr. Google and I learned so much.

  • This little seed absorbs 9 times its weight in water and since it takes your body longer to break down the chia, your body stay hydrated for longer.
  • That little expanded water seed fills you up so you stay full longer and eat less if you consume the chia seeds regularly.
  • Chia is considered roughage so you will get a little cleaning as it goes through your system.
  • Zero calories, lots of fiber--you don’t get any better than that.
  • Chia is a gluten free grain for those with gluten intolerances or allergies.
The more I read, the more I was determined to continue adding chia to all of my drinks. Since it doesn’t affect the flavor, you can add them to your water or your favorite fruit juices and forget they are there.

And, if you are diabetic or suffer from the occasional sugar spike (or dip), the chia will help you stay more level.

Please try it and let me know what changes you notice. I’m hoping this will help my skin stay hydrated and my fiber level increase. I want to hear what you think.

3 comments:

  1. Hmmm...thanks for this tidbit. I will definitely give it a try and let you know my thoughts :)

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  2. Does it taste any different?

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    1. Not at all. If you ate a lot of chia together you would get a very faint nutty taste, but for the small amount added to your drinks you would taste nothing (in water). Because they soak up the liquid they are in, they would start to taste like that liquid.
      You could also add them to soups, sauces, etc.

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