I confess…I hear a word like “superfood” and roll my eyes. And yet at the moment I have a drawer in my fridge full of kale and I’m putting chia in absolutely everything I eat and drink. (OK, not everything. But a lot of things. I’m obsessed.)
I watched a documentary that talked about the detoxifying properties of chia and became intrigued. (Even though I’m not sure I wholly believe in the concept of detoxing.) I bought a bag of seeds when I heard they can help fill you up. The biggest challenge I face with juicing is hunger. (Since I’m not doing a full juice fast I’m not able to experience the lack of hunger that comes after a few days of just juicing.) I’m not convinced the chia is filling me up, but I’ve actually enjoyed the texture I’ve gotten when adding chia to my juice.
Chia seeds absorb many times their weight in water and create what is called “chia gel”. (If you haven’t tried it I know it sounds a little strange…but it’s good!) The gel actually has no flavor so it will take on the flavor of whatever it’s in. There are all sorts of interesting recipes using the gel as a base. (I have an idea using strawberries that I’ll share soon, assuming it turns out well!)
So what’s the big deal about chia? One tablespoon has six grams of fiber, three grams of protein and almost three grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. You’ll also get 8% of your daily Calcium and Vitamin A and 4% of your Iron. And you thought chia was just for pets…