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Chia, first cultivated by the Aztecs, Mayas, Tehuantapecs, and other Native American peoples 500 years ago has now gone mainstream. In most of these cultures, Chia was a staple food considered to be sacred, and was consumed specifically for greater energy by runners, warriors, and athletes. We were first introduced to this truly functional food while studying Naturopathic Medicine in 2000 at Bastyr University and immediately loved it. Being one of our favorite ingredients, Chia Seed is in all Thoreau Foods products.
A Complete Protein and Gluten Free
A member of the mint family, Chia is the seed of the desert plant Salvia Hispanica. It is among the highest in protein of all the seeds and grains and a good source of calcium, vitamins and minerals.
The Good Fat Chia, a plant-based source of Omega-3’s, is cholesterol-free. It is made up of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (omega 3’s and 6’s) that your body needs to help emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, & K.
Mix with other Foods The gelatinous characteristic of these seeds is an attribute that makes other foods more nutritious. The Chia Gel (see recipe below) combines easily with most foods including smoothies, juices, sauces, dressings, desserts and yogurts. Due to their neutral flavor, Chia seeds can be added to just about any food without changing the taste.
Increase Energy & Endurance without the High and Low Blood Sugar Swings
Chia’s high fiber assists in moderating the rate at which carbohydrates are digested and assimilated by the body thereby stabilizing blood glucose and insulin levels in the bloodstream. When you hydrate the highly soluble seeds in water, it absorbs up to nine times its volume. The gel that forms allows for a low glycemic index thereby increasing your energy and endurance while aiding to keep your body hydrated. Since it is not necessary to grind the chia seeds, they are portable and enable you to add them to any liquid throughout your day. Cravings for simple carbs are reduced while energy is maintained during long work days or exercise periods.
A Dieters Dream – A Diabetics Saving Grace
Because of its balancing affects on blood sugar, Chia Seed is great for weight as well as diabetic control as it fills you up so you are not constantly hungry or craving sweets. The Chia Seeds, consisting of LOTS of fiber, also aid in digestion and elimination. Always drink LOTS of water.
Sustainably Grown and Certified Organic. No Chemicals, Herbicides, Pesticides, Fungicides, or Artificial Fertilizers...and No GMOs! All our ingredients including Chia Seeds are chemical free which is better for your health and contributes to a healthier happier planet.
CHIA SEED RECIPES
Add Chia Seeds to the water using a whisk or jar with a lid and shake. Soak the Chia Seeds in the water for at least 15 minutes and up to 12 hours. Add Chia gel to all your favorite foods. Gel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks