Friday, March 22, 2013

F o o d i e : C h i a F r e s c a

I know, when you hear the word "chia" you have flashbacks to chia pets and the catchy phrase "ch-ch-ch-chia!" -  but here's the thing...Chia seeds are good for you!

Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seed
Chia seeds do not need to be ground to be absorbed by the body 
They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water
Chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc among many other nutrients

How to make Chia Fresca: 
2 cups water or coconut water
1 1/2 Tablespoons chia seeds
Lemon or lime to taste

Let chia seeds soak in the water for at least 10 minutes and then shake to break up any clumps. Add lemon or lime and enjoy! 
I suggest drinking this with a straw - not only does it allow you to easily stir the mixture to keep the seeds incorporated it helps to reduce the amount of seeds that try to get stuck in your teeth ;)

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