Organic Chia Seeds 500g (Vegan House)
Expiration date: Aug 2019
Net Weight: 500g
Product of Mexico
Ingredients: 100% Chia Seeds (black)
Chia seeds, harvested from the Chia plant and native to Mexico, are naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids (even better than flax seeds). One tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours!
In the book "Born to run" by Christopher McDougall, chia seeds were mentioned in making a "Home made Red-Bull" called Iskiate (or chia fresca).
Excerpts from "Born to run":
If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you couldn't do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease; after a few months on the chia diet, you could probably swim home. Chia was once so treasured, the Aztecs used to deliver it to their king in homage. Aztec runners used to chomp chiaseeds as they went into battle, and the Hopis fueled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean.
How to eat Chia seeds
* Eat them straight out of the bag.
* Add them to water or juice. Stir the chia well to break up any clumps, let sit for a few minutes before drinking.
* Sprinkle the seeds in salads or soups, add them to casseroles, or bake them into bread and cakes.
Iskiate (chia fresca) recipe
1. Mix 1 part chia seeds to 2 parts of water (eg. 1 tbs of chia seeds to 2 tbs of water) - can vary according to own preference.
2. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir to break up clumps.
3. Add citrus juice (lime or lemon) and sweetener (sugar, honey, agave nectar etc) to taste.
4. Store in fridge for chilled taste
Tip: Add a little bit of water to your stored Iskiate and stir before drinking. The chia seeds tend to gel together the longer they are let sit. A little water separates them easily.
See the video for No Cook Oatmeal Breakfast using Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, protein, Omega-35, Omega-65, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. In fact, they are so high in antioxidants that they can be stored for a long time without becoming rancid.
Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength; these seeds have been consumed as a healthy energy-sustaining food for centuries. Chia naturally contains the highest percentage of Omega-3 of any commercially available source.
This healthy whole food has a very mild flavour and can go with just about any recipe. Chia seeds form a gel-like outer coat when soaked in water and these make them easily digestible and outstanding for raw cereals, smoothies and just about any soups or drinks.
Basic Chia Pudding recipe
This is a really simple and basic recipe for chia pudding. Garnish with I bananas, berries, granola, coconut flakes, dried fruit, cacao nubs, dehydrated buckwheat, nuts, the list is endless. Make this part of your raw morning!
1 cup almond milk
1-2 tablespoons chia seedVanilla bean and a pinch of salt (optional)
Add toppings of your choice!
Recipe by Heather Pace
How to make a vegan Chia Pudding
Why eat Chia seeds?
? Excellent Source of Omega-3
? High in Antioxidants
? High in Dietary Fibre
? Good Source of Complete Protein
? Good Source of Iron, Calcium and Magnesium
? Low Glycemic Index (GI)
? Naturally free of cholesterol
If you have been traditionally relying on fish oil for Omega-3 fatty acids, watch this video on why fish oil makers are being sued in the USA for not disclosing the toxic components such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) that are present in many commercial ones.
1. As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision.
2. While there are no known side effects of taking chia seeds, people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s diseaseor other sensitive bowel problems should start off with small amounts to get your system adjusted to the high amount of fibre that chia seeds contain.
3. Because the high Omega-3 content in chia seeds is a natural blood thinner you should discuss adding the seeds to your diet with your doctor if you are taking any blood thinning medications.
4. Due to the highly water absorbent quality of chia seeds, do drink a cup of water a few minutes after eating chia seeds.
How much to take:
Chia is a food, not a supplement, so there is no "recommended" dose amount.
For a person who already eats a healthy diet, to help balance out their intake of Omega-6 with the added Omega-3, 10 grams a day would be adequate.
For aches and pains and for the training athlete, 10 to 25 grams per day may be more effective.
Since our body constitutions are all different, we suggest starting with around 10 grams (a dessertspoon) a day, then adjusting how much you use after about 3 weeks.