... I used spiced tea to flavour my experimental Chai Chia
Pudding. I also just liked the way that it sounded…
Here’s what I did, which I highly discourage you from trying at home:
1 cup water, 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened), 6 Tbsp Chia seeds
(whole), 1 Tbsp brown cane sugar (could use honey or agave syrup as
well), 2 Chai tea bags.
Brew the tea in the liquid until nice and flavourful. Add sugar until
dissolved and chill until room temperature. Add Chia seeds. stir and
chill, stirring occasionally for a few hours. Blend in a food processor
until evenly mixed up, and spoon into serving dishes. Let set in fridge
about 2 hours. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top to serve.
If you really like the consistency
of snot, then this recipe is for you! Chia can hold 14 times its weight
in water, which turns into a jelly surrounding the seed. It is quite
strange and kind of intriguing. There is a myriad of health benefits to
take into consideration, but they still remain a funny texture. When I
showed my friend what I was doing, he said “well what do you expect,
Zara? Look what you put in it!” I laughed out loud and scraped the bowl
clean to spite him. It didn’t taste bad at all, but the texture is
something that may be an acquired affection.
NOTE from Margaret: In my opinion, she shouldn't have put it in the food processor...
Grow-A-Heads are not Chia Pets. They are grass-growing plastic figures, preseeded with rye grass. You soak
the head, fill the vase with water, and use the included plastic container
as a greenhouse. In about 5-7 days, the grass hair begins to grow from
its initial germination. The head of "hair" is fed with water from a
wick and lasts a long time. See a review here.
In the process of forming gels, the seeds may
also gather up impurities in the liquid. The ancient Aztec people, if
they got dirt or ash in their eye in battle, would actually allow a Chia
Seed to be dropped into their eye. (This is not recommended, you are
not an ancient Aztec warrior) The seed would then go to work absorbing
their eye-water and any debris along with it. The seed and debris could
then be easily removed and the eye was clear again.
The same thing
happens when dry seeds are added to your stomach. Particles, bacteria
and liquids are 'captured' when the seeds form their gel.
Matt, of No Meat Athlete, has adopted much of the diet of the Tarahumara people, the super-marathon runners of Sierra Madre who popularized chia eating among runners, a few years ago. (Read Born to Run.)
You may not be ready to give up meat, but a nice bowl of pinole and chia might be a good way to start your day.
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Have you found these round hard things among your chia seeds?
I recently received this photo from a reader who wanted to know what they were. She found them in a 6 pound bag of chia seeds that she had bought online.
I referred the question to Dr. Wayne Coates who says that they appear to be weed seeds from wild amaranth or pigweed. They are not harmful but they may have a strong taste. He goes on to say, "That is the problem today
many companies . . . are selling
absolutely poor quality chia. Either out of ignorance or they do not
So buyer, beware! This is animal grade chia and not the best quality.
According to the USDA PLANTS database, chia is naturalized (grows wild) in Florida, Texas and New York. More information is available at the link. The New York occurrence has to be an error. More research is needed.
Leisure guy, the people at salbasmart should be ashamed of
themselves for aligning with Vladimir Vuksan as I have it on the highest
authority that Vuksan was a party to an internal inquiry at the
University of Toronto on the basis of research impropriety. Most
notably, these were the facts that came to light. First Vuksan has a
financial ownership interest in Salba via the company Sahis Holdings.
This genius even has the company Salba Corp NA registered to his home
address. Second, he was found guilty of research misconduct regarding
Salba. Third, he perjured himself in his sworn affidavit in the Canadian
Court Case Mealla et al v. Salba Corp NA. And finally that he
misappropriated research funds from other grants in favor of salba
research. But here is the worst part, Vuksan knows full well that he
used black Chia seeds in the original research because there were no
white seeds available. His original research posters even show the
photos of black chia. Vuksan never wanted anyone to know that he had a
financial interest because the so called third party research would not
have ever been published under those conditions. This is why he had to
publish a correction on the research… you can check this with Diabetes
Care. The worst part for the consuming public is that the Meallas paid
expensive lawyers to suppress these realities from the public. Evidence
of this travesty can be seen in the thesis by Amy Lee, one of Vuksans
students, in which analytical results towards the back of this thesis
show the word Chia crossed out and replaced by the word salba…this can
be found on google. I dont represent any competing company which is why
you won’t see any advertisements here…I just think its time that
consumers really know the truth about this company and those that
support them. The lesson here is that all research from Vuksan should be
taken under the context that he has financial interests in the outcome
and if indeed there was any legitimacy to the results of those findings
than certainly any well grown chia should be credited with the same.
NOTE: I have not tried to verify any of these claims, but it does seem as if the author of this complaint is a colleague of Vuksan's who co-authored this paper: “Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba
(Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk
Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,”
Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of