Have you ever thought about eating your Chia Pet? You may want to take the plunge. Chia seeds are becoming faddish thanks to Dr. Oz’s exposure. However, these seeds may be more than just a fad.
Chia seeds come from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica. The plant is a member of the mint family. These seeds can actually improve health in assorted ways, of course along with a healthy, well-balanced diet.
In about two tablespoons there is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. These seeds can be used in several different dishes or even eaten raw. Chia seeds are great for those that are trying to lose weight. The seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight.
When the seeds are exposed to water, the seeds automatically absorb the water and form a gel. The gel can be added to virtually any dish without altering the flavor. Hunger is the enemy when you’re trying to lose weight, but the protein and fiber in the seeds keep you feeling full and stop your overeating tendencies.
Since they have become so popular, it is not very hard to acquire them. Health food stores, online shops and even ordinary grocery stores are stocking up on them now. www.amazon.com seems to be a popular place to purchase chia seeds in bulk for a low cost.
Luckily, for those of you buying in amplitude, the seeds have a shelf life of up to three years. Conveniently, chia seeds in multiple forms, can be obtained locally at Marlene’s Market & Deli in the first aisle, located in Tacoma, Washington.