just bought our first bag of chia seeds--now what?
Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidents, and hit on other nutrients isn't too bad either . 1 Tablespoon provides the following:
2,400 mg Omega-3 (alpha linoleic acid)
800 mg Omega-6 (linoleic acid)
200 mg Omega-9 (oleic acid)
4 gm. fiber (16% of the RDA)
2 gms. protein (4% RDA)
86 mg Calcium (9% RDA)
2 mg Iron (11% RDA)
128 mg Phosphorus (13% RDA)
47 mg Magnesium (12% RDA)
84 mg Potassium (2% RDA)
Chia seeds can be mixed into yogurt, oatmeal, muffin batters and other baked good. It can be sprinkled on cereal, cut fruit and salads. In Mexico there is a wonderful agua fesca that uses chia seeds. They do tend to get rather gelatinous when they soak in liquid, but not necessarily in an unpleasant way. Any way that you would use poppy, sesame or flax seeds you can sub in chia seeds.
that's so funny because I just saw a recipe that looks delicious, but thought "Where can I find Chia seeds that don't come with a terra-cotta ram?"
Martha Stewart Living has Vanilla Chia Pudding in the Jan issue. it's not on the website yet. I think they are having problems...