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Chia Seeds: Healthy and Versatile 

We believe in eating local, but we sometimes borrow from our neighbors down the Pacific coast. Native to Mexico, chia seeds have a long and mystical history.  The seeds were used by Aztec and Native American hunters, warriors and messengers to stay hydrated and energetic for extremely long periods in very hot climates. In Aztec culture, chia seeds were even used in religious ceremonies and as currency. Today, chia seeds are still highly valued among those in-the-know for their incredible health benefits.  Containing highly beneficial components from Omega-3 oils to antioxidants, chia seeds can provide energy, balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels and help to keep your cardiovascular and digestive systems functioning properly.

You can use chia seeds in an abundance of healthy and delicious recipes, even to create better-for- you baked goods. Because chia seeds are tasteless, they can be added to almost anything and will even enhance the flavor of other ingredients. Chia seeds are very affordable too, so you don’t need to spend a fortune on healthier substitutions for treats sold in specialty stores.

Here are some great (and interesting) ways to use chia seeds:

  • Soak chia seeds in water and use as a substitute for eggs while baking. Great for those who need to watch cholesterol! 
  • Add to smoothies for a texture and health boost.
  • Make chia flour. Grind seeds and use in place of white flour in recipes. Try mixing chia flour with other flours (such as wheat) to make healthier breads, cookies and pancakes. Use chia flour with oat or rice flour to make gluten-free treats.
  • Sprinkle on yogurt, oatmeal or applesauce for kids or on salads for yourself.
  • Thicken soups, stews and sauces.
  • Make iskiate, or chia fresca. Simply add chia seeds to water, stir and set aside for 15 minutes or so. Throw in the juice from a lemon or lime and add honey or agave nectar to give it flavor.
  • Use to bind and add texture to meatloaf, burgers and meatballs
  • Make vegan pudding by adding chia seeds to rice, soy or almond milk. Or just make a healthier pudding with cow’s milk.
  • Mix with fruit juice to top desserts, bread or English muffins.
  • Just munch on them right out of the bag!

Chia seeds are versatile; their uses are endless. Try any of the above suggestions or get creative and come up with your own!  

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