PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE

July 22, 2011 1:10 PM
Chia Seeds
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TAGS: chia , food , grain , ingredient , Mexican , seeds
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With a metallic dark color and mottled skin, Chia seeds are delightfully crunchy. Once you rehydrate them in water, as  the popular Lime based Agua Fresca, they become covered in an irresistible gelatinous layer. No wonder the word chia comes from the n├íhuatl name chian, which means oily.

Scientifically, Salvia Hispanica, they come from a flowering plant from the mint family. Some new wave health oriented groups, call it "the Miracle seed". They are indeed miraculous for good digestion and some say weight loss.

In Mexico they have been used for centuries. In Aztec times, aside from eating, they were one of the main means of exchange and also used for religious rituals (continue for more information and photos).

Take a peek, they are quite lovely.

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They are also a great source of protein and fiber.  When ground, Chia can be used to make baked goods like breads, cakes and cookies.  You can also eat the sprouts, as they are very similar to alfalfa sprouts, and are delicious in salads.

Chia Seeds 5.JPGI know what you may say, as many American friends have told me when I hand a glass of Limonada with Chia seeds... are these the same as the Chia Pets?

Well, yes they are, you can have them as pets too! 

Comments

Hi Patie,
I orderd your them song and just love it. Was trying to burn a copy to share it with my Daughter, but was unable to. Can you direct me to the site that can help. Thank You. PS I've tried all your dises except the Flan. That's next on my list and the pig's. I just received my pigie cookie cutters. You should sell them on your web site. They would fly off the racks.

Rachel Duran | July 22, 2011 6:35 PM

I've been enjoying chia for over a year now, drinking 1TBL in a quart of water every day. I LOVE it! It hydrates, tastes vaguely like cucumbers, nourishes, is high in depression busting Omega oils, and I've lost 30lbs without dieting in that time. I'd love to see some recipes using my "frogs' eggs" as my kids call the seed floating in my water bottle.

Km Koesler | July 23, 2011 7:27 AM

This is why I love your program and website - always great info! I had just started hearing about these and was curious. Now, we'll give them a try. Thanks!

Judy George | July 24, 2011 4:46 PM

I'm so happy to hear that you are so familiar with chia seeds, and that you truly love using them. I also think that is adorable to refer to them as frog eggs, and could see my boys doing the same. I will post some recipes very soon so that you can enjoy a variety of options with chia seeds.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Km Koesler | July 28, 2011 1:38 PM

Hi Rachel, You are too kind, and I'm so impressed that you tried so many of the recipes. I sincerely hope you enjoyed them! The only way to get the song is to find it here: http://bit.ly/pz85JB . Another option is to purchase the cd, which is great!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Rachel Duran | July 28, 2011 1:52 PM