The Organized Life, Chia Seeds

Have you heard about Chia?

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I bought some last year around this time, you know, New Year’s resolutions and all that…

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I used it for a while and promptly forgot about it!

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The scientific name is Salvia Hispanica, and it is classified as an annual herb, part of the mint family.  It is prevalent in Mexico and Guatemala and grown commercially for its seeds.  The seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked, and become a gel like substance.

Doesn’t sound appetizing! But here’s the interesting part.  They have no flavor of their own, they simply take on the flavor of whatever they’re in!  You can add them to anything!  Sprinkle them on pizza~looks like pepper!

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Chia seeds are touted to lower blood pressure, help you stay hydrated, help you feel fuller longer, and the richest plant source of Omega-3, which helps prevent heart disease and inflammation from arthritis.  They are also said to slow down the rate our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, which could be beneficial to diabetics.

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If you sprinkle them on eggs or in a salad and eat it right away, they will add a crunchy texture like poppy seeds.  I like to add them to things before baking so they get soft and you never even know they’re in there!

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Do you ever make oatmeal?  Toss some in there.  For a great, do ahead,  oatmeal in a jar recipe with chia  click here

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I am upping my efforts for healthier eating this year so I put  a cute jar of Chia seeds  by the S&P so I would remember to use it. Sprinkle some in your next batch of cookies or baked goods

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You’ll never know there in there, but you can smile knowing that you have added something to make your dish a bit healthier…

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There is no recommended dosage, and you can’t overdo,  but generally 1 T per day is seems to be the agreed upon amount.  You can also add Chia seeds to your smoothies or drinks.

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If you are interested in reading more about Chia seeds or you are interested in ordering on line click here. They are widely available now in stores, but your best prices might be online, buying in larger quantities.  Another good source is Amazon.com

Here’s to a healthy New Year!

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12 Responses to “The Organized Life, Chia Seeds”
  1. LindaG says:

    This is great! Thank you. We try to be very conscious of the foods we eat related to hypertension and arthritis. I am definitely going to place an order. I love all your ideas to use. On the table with the S&P is a must. I’ll have to make little packets to carry with me for those out to dinner nights. Thanks so much.

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  2. Liz Mackie says:

    Good info. Thank you. Have a great day!

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  3. I have never heard of these! What a great idea to use them since they have no flavor…thanks for sharing this…I will be passing this along.

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  4. Poppy says:

    Happy New Year, Jenna!

    Wow! Never heard of these wonder seeds! The older we get, the more prone we are to certain long term ailments and these Chia seeds sound like a step in the right direction towards preventing, or at least, slowing down such processes. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Poppy

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  5. Mary says:

    Jenna, I have some Chia seeds languishing in my pantry! I used them for a while in smoothies, and promptly forgot about them. Love the idea of disguising and adding them to a casserole or dessert 🙂

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  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I just love using Chia and all the benefits they offer, I especially love the tea. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  7. joybee83 says:

    I’ve heard alot of great things about chia seeds. I’ve even heard that they act as a thickener so you can use them for jams and jellies instead of pectin. I keep meaning to pick some up when I’m at the store.

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  8. Betty Taylor says:

    I didn’t know anything about chia seeds until I read this! I will be checking them out. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I pinned this!!

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  9. I’m addicted to chia! I just had overnight oats for breakfast and had chia mixed into it. Such a flexible seed that can be added to anything. Love the chia ideas here 🙂

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  10. Love your idea. I have tired to use chia in every meal or at lease once a day because it’s good for health. Here is my favorite dish and another idea that you can use chia seed. ^^

    Aon,

    http://aboutchia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=144

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