DetailsThousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning "strength," and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood.
Chia seed contains a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel. Whether you eat chia gel or just the raw seeds, the hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds. Amazingly, chia gel can also be used as a substitute for eggs in many baked goods. Use a proportion of 1 to 6 ratio of Chia Seeds to Water to make chia gel. Use approximately one tablespoon of chia gel to replace one large egg in your baked goods.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seed goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Use chia seed in puddings and smoothies, sprinkle on top of porridge and salads, and add to baked goods in place of flaxseed meal or poppy seeds. Try our recipe for chia fresca, a refreshing drink perfect for a hot summer day in place of lemonade or use it as pre- or post-workout fuel. Looking for a fool-proof way to get chia into your diet? Make our blueberry refrigerator jam! The gelling nature of chia makes it an ideal (and nutritious) substitute for pectin in jam. No matter the dish, you can increase the nutritional value of any meal with a sprinkle of chia seed.
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- Quick, easy and tastes great!
- This bread is so easy to make yet tastes fantastic. I usually make two loaves at a time, which uses one container of buttermilk. Once they've cooled I slice them and freeze them so they're easy to pop into the toaster for a quick breakfast. I often add walnuts which is also delicious.
- Better than Flax Seed
- We toss Chia seeds into our yogurt, our cereal and on top of salads. We don't like fish and find this is a PERFECT source of Omega-3.
- Simply Delicious!
- Lemon Chia Bread! My husband has high cholesterol and we keep our diets limited from sugar. I have made this delicious bread 3 times. He loves it for breakfast! I did change it up though by substituting the butter for organic virgin coconut oil. No Glazing even required. What a delicious treat!
- This is awesome. I was getting sick of the taste of flaxseed, and this has a similar fibre and omega-3 content. Very good egg replacer. I love the recipes here. You can get very creative with this, and it's so healthy. I can't wait to discover more uses.
- Easy to sneak in to recipes
- I sneak chia into everything I make for my husband since I read it lowers cholesterol. I had to fess up when he asked how I got the rice so fluffy!
- Nutritional Info
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (13g)
Servings Per Container: 34
Amount Per Serving % Daily
ValueCalories60Calories from Fat40
Total Fat4.5 g7 %Saturated Fat0.5 g3 %Trans Fat0 g0 %Cholesterolmg0 %Sodiummg0 %Total Carbohydrate5 g2 %Dietary Fiber5 g20 %SugarsgN/AProtein3 g6 %
Vitamin A%Vitamin C%Calcium6 %Iron4 %
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Whole Chia Seedcontains 2282 mg of Omega 3 and contains 752 mg of Omega 6*Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, soy, wheat, and milk