I know the chia rage has been going on for a few years now, but I never really understood the fuss (and I’m skeptical of food trends – enough with the kale). I’m not trying to spend $4 a bottle for those fancy chia drinks at Whole Foods. On a whim, I bought a bag of chia seeds with thoughts of adding them to my muffin mix. My first attempt at baking with chia wasn’t that successful. I’ve since learned to soak the seeds first, so the seeds don’t soak up your liquid. What I’ve enjoyed most is adding the seeds to my hot tea in the morning and at night. The seeds absorb water and take on a tapioca-type consistency. It’s tea + texture = fun. In addition to the much-touted health benefits and impressive nutritional profile of the seed, the gelatinous mucilage creates a sensation of satiety as well as cleaning the bowels. Known for sustaining energy, these little seeds do provide a notable lift. I’ve integrated the fad-food into my daily routine and must admit I’m better for it.
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