We’ve been having some conversations on Twitter lately about what else but chia!! And yes of the Chia Pet kind. You probably know them from this:
But before chia becomes some clay-thingy’s hair, they are seeds. And chia seeds are super healthy and you can eat them. (I will sprinkle photos of Chia Pets throughout this post that I’ve found just as you would sprinkle chia seeds in virtually any food you eat.)
What? You can sprinkle chia throughout your foodstuffs? Indeed! (Thank you for asking.)
In fact, if you Google “benefits of chia seeds”, you will get a wealth of lists compiling all sorts of different health benefits of chia that include the following:
- High in Omega-3 fatty acids which are proteins that are good for your hair, nails and skin
- They fill you up. This makes them a miracle food to me because they are teeny tiny seeds, yet if you put them in smoothies or yogurt like I do, they puff up a little and they fill your tummy up with healthiness and keep you full for a long time.
- Chia seeds are great for workouts because you can put them in your water bottle before a big long athletic event or to hydrate with the day before a big long run or event. They absorb water and help you stay hydrated. (Note: try this out in training and try not to violate the “nothing new on race day” rule. Yes this is a rule.)
- Chia has calcium in them too! So they’re good for your bones and they can help you ward off cravings that have to do with calcium (i.e. ICE CREAM.)
- Chia seeds have no taste, however, because they are tiny little absorbers, they actually AMPLIFY the taste of the foods that they are added to. MAJOR BONUS! So you can put them in pudding and it will make it chocolatier.
- Antioxidants! HURRAH!
- Interesting nugget: when you put chia seeds in water, it makes a gel. You can use chia gel in place of part of the butter of a recipe! You can even just eat the chia gel as it’s known to ease IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome.) Here’s how to make chi gel.
These are the highlights of chia seeds and to me, they are a much bigger deal and don’t get enough respect being on top of a clay head like that.
Even if it is the head of a president or the Statue of Liberty. (Did you even know they made those?)
Now, when we were having the aforementioned conversation on Twitter, Thea was involved and so was the lovely Mizfit and a Tweeter named Nicole who swear by chia. In fact, Nicole sent me some seeds to prove her point. And she was right.
She MAKES granola and other healthy yummies from muffins to oat bites and healthy CAKE POPS! Cake pops!! She uses all natural ingredients in everything she makes like whole grain flours and natural sugars. No refined crap. She explains her ingredients in greater detail here.
The best part is, they deliver. And the GRANOLA is to die for!
I got a bag of the peanut butter chocolate and it was gone within 24 hours between the 4 of us (my 5 & 3 year olds love granola so.much.) Yes we probably should have spread out the servings but we were like horses at a trough.
Her granola has chia seeds inside of it which makes it that much better. (Also, just so you know, Nicole blogs some healthy amazing recipes so check out yesterday’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding recipe.)
So do you wanna try chia and granola from Pure Bliss Eats?
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment telling us your thoughts on chia seeds! (Please please leave a way for us to get in touch with you, i.e. a working email address! If you don’t respond within 48 hours we will have to choose another winner.)
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- Extra entry: check out the Pure Bliss Eats website and tell us which products and/or health benefits you LOVE about their stuff.
Leave a comment for each entry. Contest will close next Friday, October 28th, at 11:59 p.m. et. One winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly after.
So have you ever tried chia?
Disclaimer: I was given a bag of chia seeds and granola to try. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.