Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds

Har har har.

Chia seeds are all the rage now. I would dare to say that in gluten-free and vegan food worlds chia seed is a bona fide food fad now.

I am only now starting to use chia seed in my kitchen and I have to say I’m intrigued. I feel a bit hesitant when working with chia seeds because I’m really not sure how they’re supposed to ‘behave’.

I have a couple recipes coming that use chia seeds but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of the research I did.

Here’s the basics.

Chia (salvia hispanica) is a species of flowering plant in the mint family.

Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA).

In a one ounce (28 g) sample, dried chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4 g), 13% fat (9 g) (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber (11 g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories.

The seeds contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.

A variety of chia seeds is marketed commercially as Salba which apparently is patented.

The chia seeds that are all the rage right now are the very same chia seeds that were moistened and spread on to terracotta figurines and marketed as ‘Chia Pet’.

Most of the information above comes from Wikipedia. Or as I like to call it, the place on the Internet that makes me sound smart.

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5 Responses to “Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds”

  1. December 27, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Here is a website for chia seed recipes.

  2. Karen
    December 30, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Costco sells bags of chia seeds.

    • Megan
      December 30, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Yes! Funny because after I bought some at the bulk food store I was scoping out the quinoa aisle at Costco and saw a huge bag of chia seeds for relatively inexpensive too. Same brand as the quinoa – TruRoots, I believe – which if I remember correctly is all organic too. :)

  3. Kimberly
    September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Not sure where you are with Chia Seeds now, but I used them in EVERYTHING! They are more worth it if you are able to get a tablespoon in your “Serving”. I almost use them as my “binder” in a lot of things. I just recently made black bean burgers with quinoa and chia seeds in them. They were yummy! I put them in our vegan waffles, They are a staple in our oatmeal in the morning especially for the kids. We also throw them in green smoothies. Just keep in mind that everything they are put in to that has liquid will thicken up a lot! We love them!

    • Megan
      September 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      I’ve used them here and there but I really should get more into chia. Thanks for all the great ideas! :)

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