August 12, 2010
Something creamy calling your name?
Here's a gluten-free, non-dairy, creamy delicious dessert option you can make quickly (no cooking) with an ancient food of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas, chia seeds. "Chia" means "strength" in the Mayan language.
And besides the great fiber and protein and omega 3s, chia seeds are a wonderful energizing food. I feel sustained energy throughout the day when I eat chia.
(Yes, it's the same ones from the old commercial - Chi-chi-chi-chia - except now we've learned they're better for eating than growing out of terra cotta planters.) You can get chia at most grocery stores or online.
Get Chia Charged!
Chia Tapioca Recipe
Make substitutions as you like. For example, I'd use stevia instead of agave to save calories and for taste. (NOW brand organic stevia, loose, in the big orange jar, is the BEST in taste and purity by far. Rocks my world! Available on Amazon. A little goes a very long way so your jar will last for eons.)
Because chia absorbs water so much, you don't need many chia seeds to fill a spoonful or two, so don't balk at the price. Ratio of chia to water is about 1:5 up to 1:9, depending on how thick or runny you like it.
You can also soak chia seeds in plain water for about an hour to bulk up your smoothie, cereal, salad or any food. They are nearly tasteless but chock full of good stuff.
My husband and I keep a jar of soaked chia in the fridge for breakfast - him in his whole grain cereal and blueberries and me with my raw food cereal of nuts, berries, and superfood powders or into a smoothie.
Tip: Don't eat chia dry. Soak chia or throw it into "wet" foods a bit before consuming so you stay hydrated and get the happy fiber benefit with all of that good stuff nutritionally available to you.
Experiment with it and see what you think of this ancient seed. Enjoy and have a beautiful day!
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