Organic Chia Seeds
25 lb bag
Organic, Non-GMO, Allergens: Stored and/or processed in the same facility as soybean and tree nut products
Chia is a wonderful food for storage, because its crunchy exterior protects it from oxidation and keeps years without rancidity. Buy up to a five-year supply, and keep it in a cool place if possible. (Vacuum sealing it with a Food Saver in quart jars is a good way to keep it on the shelf for years.)
Chia seed may be eaten raw as a dietary fiber and omega-3 supplement. Ground chia seed is sometimes added to pinole, a coarse flour made from toasted maize kernels. Chia seeds soaked in water or fruit juice is also often consumed and is known in Mexico as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits. Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular U.S. cultural icon of the Chia Pet.
With so much focus on essential fatty acids (EFAs) and omega fats, the chia seed is a standout because it is 40 percent omega 3 oil. So many people are taking EFA supplements that this whole food is very attractive with its high omega 6:3 ratio. The seeds have seven times more iron than spinach and are a complete protein.Chia seeds absorb ten times their weight in water, so they are good thickeners when soaked. They also give you a sense of fullness, a great aid in weight loss.
If I get hungry after dinner, I eat a big spoonful and chase it with a large glass of water—very filling with hardly any calories. Some think they absorb some food calories as well, making them a diet helper in more ways than one. They slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars and therefore help maintain stable blood sugar levels, great for everyone but especially diabetics. And they are mucilaginous, absorbing toxins well for evacuation from the body.
You can sprinkle chia seeds on anything, as they have a neutral flavor, and unlike flaxseed, it is digestible without needing to be ground. And you can use 1 Tbsp. chia and 2 Tbsp. water as replacement for one egg.
Chia is a phenomenal food and, unlike flax, it keeps for many years because its hard shell protects the oils inside. The price is going up DRAMATICALLY, and demand is rising. We were able to get an excellent deal this year but expect that next year the price will be dramatically higher. Aztec warriors lived extended periods on a few tablespoons a day of chia seed, alone. It’s a TOP THREE food to store against emergencies because of its powerful nutritional profile, long-term storage ability, relatively low expense, and how easy it is to soak, and eat sprouted with living enzymes.