chia seed and flax seed
So you’ve been reading about chia seed. (I know this because I get lots of questions about it.) Yep, I’m talking about the little things that grow the chia pet, now getting lots of attention as a power food. And it is. A highly expensive one (I bought a pound of it recently for about $18).
Chia seed has 7 times as much iron as spinach. At 18%, it has more protein than beef, and its amino acids comprise a complete protein. It slows conversion of sugars in the bloodstream, so it’s great to eat with a high-sugar meal. (I mean like potatoes or fruit–hopefully y’all have abandoned or are at least minimizing refined sugars.)
Its mucilaginous properties mean it absorbs toxins, and it’s fantastic for weight loss. I don’t like to eat after dinner, so if my dinner was light and I get really hungry later, what I do is eat a large spoonful of chia seed and chase it with a big glass of water. It absorbs 10 times its own weight in fluids, so it fills you up when you are hungry with hardly any calories.
It tastes mild–tastes like nothing, really. You can sprinkle it in cereal, or put it in a smoothie–but it will dramatically thicken your smoothie. For that matter, it’s a great thickener! Put 1 tsp. chia seed in 3 Tbsp. water, and you’ve got yourself an egg replacement.
It’s packed with those rare Omega fatty acids that your body cannot manufacture and must receive from foods–in perfect proportions. And it stores for a very long time!
I highly recommend it. I’ll find a way eventually to get it for cheaper in a local group buy (maybe national–we’ll see!). I wish it were less expensive.
Now flax seed is still quite inexpensive at less than $1/lb. You can watch my YouTube video making flax crackers if you want to hear more about its virtues, or read Ch. 4 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. (All my demos are on GreenSmoothieGirl.com under the Videos tab now–and I have lots of new ones coming.)
Just want to share a thought from GSG reader Rochelle T., who happens to also be my cousin, whom I set up with her husband 19 years ago! (I have 65 first cousins, 49 of them Romneys, but she’s the one I’ve been closest to my whole life–now she has 5 children.) She was trying to figure a way to get flaxseed in her diet every day. She just eats a spoonful of ground flax seed every morning, chasing it with water. She says it’s nutty and pleasant tasting and it’s a great habit she’s gotten into. Great idea. Keep in mind that grinding flax seed (unnecessary with chia) makes its nutritional properties much more available. Just don’t grind it far in advance, as it goes rancid quickly.
Hope this is helpful!