Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

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Good mooooorning!

It must have snowed last night because you know who was up and at ‘em bright dark and early this a.m.! It least there was no chance of my sleeping through my alarm. Whew! ;)

For breakfast this morning, I busted out some of my iHerb.com goodies to make a big bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oats!

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In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • Cinnamon apples
  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Drizzle of agave nectar

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My poor Mom. Yesterday she went to all the trouble to cut up SIX apples and cook them with honey and cinnamon so we could top our waffles and French toast with them – only to forget the whole dish in the microwave! Lucky for me, though, because I got to take a ton home! :) They are super delicious, and super handy, to dallop right on top of my oatmeal.

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Drizzled with a little agave nectar to sweeten the whole thing up a tad. Ohhhh yum!

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Oh, I wanted to tell you a little bit about chia seeds! As I mentioned, they’re pretty much the same size, shape and “hardness” of kiwi seeds. Aka – pretty much unnoticeable in the foods you include it in, except for the occasional fun little “pop”. Why include them at all then? Well, chia seeds are:

1. Nutritious. Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues.  The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium. 

2. Water loving.  The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.

3.  Easily digestible.  The shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole.  This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly.  If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through.

4. Mild tasting.  Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild. They won’t change the taste of the food you add it to but will add to your nutrition!

5. Energy enhancing.  The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends.  They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted.  The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.

6. Versatile. You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want.  You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods.

7. Regenerating. After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation.  Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.

8. High in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues. Chia seeds help fight free radical damage.

9. Complete Protein Source. Chia seed is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. Usually protein from items like peanut butter
and some beans are incomplete, meaning you have to combine them with other foods to get the full benefit. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady energy.

10. High in Omega-3 Oils. Chia seed is the richest plant-source of omega-3 oil. By weight, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon! Omega-3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health.

Chia seed seems to do it all, no? I’m most looking forward to the energy benefits. It’s not “hard” to sit and stare at a computer all day at work, but it sure is energy draining. I’ll let you know if I see a difference in the next couple of weeks. Here’s some more good information.  Do you eat Chia seeds?

In lunch news, I’ve got a ginourmous Veggie Salad!

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Love those first couple of salads after a trip to the grocery store – there’s so many choices as to what to include!

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Roma tomato
  • Dried Cranberries

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I’m out of Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette (my new favorite) and forgot to get some at the store (d’oh!) so I packed some olive oil vinaigrette to dress zee mess.

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Also making the cut – a Strawberry Chobani Greek Yogurt.

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If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I can’t handle mushy chunks of fruit – mushy strawberries being one of the worst offenders. It’s all about the texture…you understand. At any rate, I’m hoping the strawberries in here don’t freak me out too much, cause I’m sure I’ll love the taste!

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Alrighty, my friends, time to get this week started. It’s gonna be coooold out there, so I’m going to let my car warm up for a couple minutes before I go. Such a nice little treat. It’s the little things, yes?

Keep your chins up and have a great Monday!

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Do you eat or use any “health” foods, powders, seeds, etc? Would you recommend them?

ps: Don’t forget, you have until 3pm central to enter the $50 shopping spree giveaway! 3 chances to win, baby! :)

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Comments

  1. I love all this information about chia seeds! Thank you, I’ll have to link it on my blog :)

    http://whitneydargle.wordpress.com

  2. I love chias and I especially love dried fruit in my salads. My favorite is dried cherries!

  3. I’ve never even seen Chia seeds in England – I hope it catches on over here too, cos they sound really good! I also wish England would catch onto the whole nutbutter thing…I’m fed up of only one or two varieties! Same with more flavours/varieties of Greek yogurt……
    I don’t really use any ‘health’supplemnts, though I’m thinking about protein powder…hm :s I eat lots of almonds, nuts etc, and I also love wheatgerm – tbsp every day! – don’t know if that counts though?
    Have a good day!

    • Sophia 03.02.2010

      I know it’s probably not close enough to you, but they do ship Chia Seeds to Ireland and you could even bring Chia seeds to your area through LifeMax Mila (one of the brands of Chia seeds that people can sell online). You can get more info here: http://chia-seeds.lifemax.net, but you’d probably have to click on “English – US” first just to get more info about it.

      I know they’re expanding so maybe soon they’ll expand closer to where you are? In the meanwhile, there are some other good recipes at http://chia-seeds.org/chia-recipes, and I will definitely add this one in there.

  4. Jamie 02.15.2010

    I should eat chia seeds… I haven’t taken the time to buy them yet… I need to get on this!

  5. I have used chia seeds and agree that they are pretty tasteless so they can be added to stuff easily. Other than that I don’t use stuff. I do want to look into whey protein since I’m doing strength training more.

  6. LOVE Chia seeds, but I tend to forget that I have them, so I forget to use them!

  7. Becky 02.15.2010

    I’ve never bought chia sees, but wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I always add flax to my morning oats and love Amazing Grass Green Superfood to give my green monsters a boost.

  8. Melanie 02.15.2010

    After reading about Chia seeds, I’m not sure how I am even alive and functioning without having had them in my diet thus far… ;) Sounds like they have a lot of great benefits – I’ll have to try them out sometime! :)

  9. It´s such a pity it´s almost impossible to find Chia seeds in Brazil!
    They´re so nutritious!
    :/
    But seems like you´ve learned how to put them into your meals, which is amazing!
    :D
    Delicious eats, as always.
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  10. Jenna 02.15.2010

    I have recently been incorporating protein powder and flax into my diet. I think they are both a simple and easy way to increase the nutrients of some of the foods that I eat. I would definitely recommend it!

  11. Ashlei 02.15.2010

    Yum I love chia seeds!

  12. Stephanie 02.15.2010

    I adore chia seeds, put them in my oats every morning! They are also good in overnight oats, they plump right up and become a bit gelatinous.

    I really like Amazing grass too, another great health foodie find!

  13. I eat chia seeds, and I love them because they have no taste, so you can sprinkle them on everything!

    I guess I buy health powders and foods. Unless I’m just trying something out because I’m curious, I do extensive research on the foods that I eat. There are a lot of health food gimmicks out there!

  14. AP 02.15.2010

    I thought agave nectar had something to do with tequila ;)

  15. I love letting my car warm up… really makes a huge differences!!

    I want chia seeds SO badly! I can’t find them anywhere but online though and I hate to pay shipping. I hope I win the giveaway!!!
    And I love love microwaved cinnamon apples :) Yum.

  16. I looove me some chia seeds! I love making them in overnight oats. So thick and fluffy!

  17. I love chia seeds! I add to my green monsters to make them smooth and creamy. :-)

    K

  18. sharon weaver 02.15.2010

    Do they have Chia seeds at Trader Joe’s, i would love to try them.

  19. Yvette 02.15.2010

    I tend to buy these things, like flax seeds and then forget to add them. But I have made a habit out of baked oatmeal, had to improvise the other day as I had no milk so instead I used water and Chobani plain yogurt instead. Worked great. In fact, liked it even a little better. I posted it on the Chobani Facebook page. Full disclosure all readers I work for Chobani. Anyway, hope you liked the Strawberry yogurt. Wanted to let everyone know that the label showing the ingredients is not exactly correct, we had some labels slip through that listed “sugar” instead of “evaporated cane juice” Evaporated Cane Juice is what we use to sweeten our yogurt not refined sugar.

  20. Never tried chia seeds! Umm how sweet is your mom with her v-day brunch skills? I adored reading your v-day weekend in detail. Just pure loveliness!

  21. Thx for the chia info. I’ve been wondering why they’re all the rage.

  22. Margaret 02.16.2010

    For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: http://www.chiativity.org

    • Sophia 03.02.2010

      Oooh! I was actually just looking at it yesterday to get some recipe ideas for my website as well! (i credit everyone who’s recipes I take, no worries!!) Thanks!

  23. erin 02.17.2010

    I stumbled upon your website via a google search about running and I am really enjoying it! Although many of your recipes are not vegan, they look great and I am planning on trying to modify them for my diet to give them a try. You have such great topics!

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  26. Sophia 03.02.2010

    I just came across your website on a random chia seed recipe hunt, so thank you so much! I may use the Apple Cinnamon Oats recipe on my blog: http://chia-seeds.org, and will definitely credit you with a link back to your site if I do!

    BTW, I’m also selling Chia seeds (http://chia-seeds.lifemax.net) and am wondering how you like the iHerb.com brand since I’m trying to figure out if there’s a big difference/any difference between the lifemax and the other brands out there. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Also, if you have any “chia success stories,” please do pass them my way as I’m always looking to see what new and unique health benefits chia seeds provide (sophias.chias@gmail.com). Thanks, again!

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  30. Elizabeth 03.17.2010

    Doing some Chia seeds googling and came across your site. Love the look of your Apple Cinnamon Oats. Will you please clarify a few things: 1) is the oatmeal already cooked or do you use raw rolled oats and 2) how do you make the cinnamon apples?

    Thanks

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    Hi, Thanks for the awesome post you have! Im following your blog now

  37. some of the health foods that i always eat are those gluten free foods’,.

  38. Chelsea 12.28.2010

    Where do you find your chia seeds? I live in the Des Moines area and they did not have them at the new Trader Joes! I was thinking maybe Gateway Market?

  39. Just bought my first 2 lb. bag of seeds last week! I was glad to find your post to confirm that they are supposed to be really good for you! I’ve been adding them to everything – smoothies, salads, water. Thanks for the helpful info!

  40. Angie 05.29.2012

    I love Chia all the time! My favorite way to have it is a teaspoon in just 1/2 a cup of water about 15 minutes before I eat. I let it gel for just a few minutes so it doesn’t get stuck in my teeth and drink it like a shot! It helps make me feel full faster and stay full longer. Since I now live in the desert I now enjoy keeping a 16 ounce glass with about a tbsp chia at my desk and drink that throughout the day to help keep me hydrated.

  41. JAV (Just a visitor) 11.11.2012

    Your salad looks WONDERFUL!!

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    where do you buy chia seeds in des moines? I’d like to try them!

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