Lots of friends have been asking me about chia lately. It seems to be popping up everywhere. This super-healthy, nutty tasting seed is a member of the mint family. Yes, it is the same stuff you sprouted off of weird ceramic sculptures (or at least saw in commercials).
Chia is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and is full of fiber, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and other minerals and nutrients. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to release their full nutrient potential.
When soaked in liquid, chia swells and makes a gel-like substance. This is great for making puddings or thick beverages. It can also be sprinkled into smoothies or on to salads, or really just about anything.
Below is a really easy recipe for a natural energy drink—Chia Fresca.
2 cups water
1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tbsp agave
Mix all ingredients and stir well. Allow to soak for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Chia tends to sink to the bottom, so mix before you enjoy.