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DSC00025Chia Seeds

Where to buy: Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s ($5 for 5 oz)

Online:

1. Nutiva.com ($11 for 12 oz, $25 for 32 oz)

use discounts from Retailmenot.com ($10 off)

2. Amazon

How to store:

No need for refrigeration. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and can be stored for a long time without going rancid.

How much to eat: 1-2 Tbls daily

How to eat:

Chia seeds are almost flavorless and can be easily added to any meal.

  • eat as a snack 
  • add to yogurt, oatmeal, cereal
  • add to smoothies or shakes
  • add to sauces
  • use in muffins and cakes as an egg replacement

After a brief stint as an ’80s daytime TV star, chia is finally making a comeback as its true self– an ancient Aztecan/Mayan superfood.

Chia seeds were an important part of the Aztecan and Mayan diet. The word “chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. Runners and warriors are believed to have sustained themselves for an entire day with just one tablespoon. Medicinally, they also used it to relieve joint pain and stimulate saliva.

Health Benefits: 

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • High in fiber (11 g. per oz)
  • A complete protein with all amino acids
  • Highest source of protein from a seed or grain (about 19-23% protein by weight; 4 g protein per oz)
  • 18% recommended daily intake of calcium
  • 27% phosphorus
  • 30% manganese
  • contains: copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, zinc
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Chia seeds: a weapon to fight type-2 diabetes?

When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia seeds turn into a gelatinous substance. This reaction also takes place in the stomach, and research shows that this slows down the process of converting carbohydrates into sugar. A study by the University of Toronto found that after consuming 37 grams of chia seeds daily for 12 weeks, patients with type-2 diabetes experienced a decrease in their blood pressure, inflammation, and blood sugar regulation.

Chia seeds for runners: 

Chia seeds give runners a healthy boost to increase endurance levels as well as provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They may also help in keeping the body hydrated as they are hydrophilic and can absorb up to 12 times its weight in water.

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The Tarahumara people of northern Mexico are known for their legendary ultra-distance running abilities and were featured in the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. They refer to chia seeds as “running food” and add it as a key component in their diet in addition to beans, squash, chilli peppers, wild greens, and ground corn. Their favorite drink is a simple, flavored mixture of chia seeds and water called Iskaite.

How to make Iskaite

  • 1 glass of water
  • 1 Tbsp dry chia seeds
  • a few teaspoons lemon or lime juice
  • raw honey or stevia to taste (optional)

Stir the chia seeds into the water; let it sit for five minutes. Stir again, and let sit for as long as you like. The more it sits, the more gelatinous it becomes. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste.

Drink it 60 to 90 minutes before a long run of three hours or more since the seeds take up to four hours to digest.

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