As many long-time EBF readers know, I LOVE chia seeds! My sister texted me a few nights ago asking for more info about them, which made me realize it was time for little refresher post on why I think chia seeds are so great. If you’re an avid blog reader, some of this info might be old news, but for everyone else here’s what you need to know about one of my favorite seeds – the ch-ch-ch-chia! <– I had to do it!
What are chia seeds?
“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I’ve read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.” - Quoted from Dr.Weil
- ¼ cup whole chia seeds
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ scoop vanilla brown rice protein powder (Sun Warrior is my fav)
- 1 T rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 drops of liquid stevia, or other natural sweetener
- ½ sliced banana
- ⅛ cup blueberries