Sunday, December 4, 2011

sprouting chia seeds

Posted by: Paulette
After learning of all of my food allergies, a friend of mine called and asked if I'd ever tried eating chia. The only chia I knew of was the seeds that are used on chia pets. I didn't know that they were edible.

Not only are they edible, but they are a sort of super food! I bought a bag of seed at Sprouts, and it sat in my cabinet forgotten for about 3 weeks. While putting away the groceries this week, I found the bag, and decided to try sprouting some. Phase one was to put a wet paper  towel into the bottom of a glass dish, and sprinkle the seeds on top. The next day, they had developed a slime, and reminded me of little insects. Not too appetizing, huh?
About 3 days later, I have begun to see their sprouts emerging, and while I wait to taste them, I did a little research. This article says that the natives of Southwest America, used to use them as Currency, and that 1 tablespoon, with water, was enough food to sustain a man 24 hours, even while performing hard labor. WOW! This sounds like just the boost I need. Since I can't eat most vegetables, I've been feeling so tired.
Richard Lucas, in his book, ‘Common and uncommon uses of herbs for healthy living’, encourages anyone to try it, and discover its unique ability to provide the go power to get through a busy day with a hop, skip and a jump.

 In addition to the above, chia has 5 times to amount of calcium as milk. Cow's milk is another of my allergens. So, now, instead of spending big bucks on goat's milk products for my calcium, I can add some chia seed to my morning protein smoothie.

 The above mentioned article touts all of the miraculous uses and reasons to add chia to your diet. A digestive aid, large amounts of protein, and abilities to rid the body of toxins are just a few more. I'm going to let my chia sprout a little longer before eating them, but I think that I'll soak some tonight to add to my smoothie tomorrow morning, since I've just found out that they need to be soaked over night before being used. I hope that I'll get some more energy tomorrow. I have so much to do!

1 comment:

  1. Not all the sources say it HAS to be soaked overnight. I just can be, but, apparently, eating them whole or ground is fine too, just being sure to drink enough water.