Q. What is a chia seed?
A. Chia is a very nutritious, ancient seed that has been commonly used in Latin American countries for thousands of years.
Q. Is it the same seed as in those chia pets?
A. Yes, those are chia seeds! They sprout into microgreens, which you can add to salads or sandwiches, or just eat plain. They are similar to alfalfa sprouts in taste and texture.
Q. What do chia seeds taste like?
A. When eaten dry, chia tastes a bit like a poppy seed. It is dense, small and crunchy. Soaked chia seeds absorb liquid and become very plump, sweet and soft like tapioca pearls, and can be used much in the same way.
Q. What are the benefits of chia seeds?
A. Chia seeds are loaded with healthy benefits, which makes them considered a "superfood."
Chia is a rich source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese as well as calcium and trace amounts of sodium and potassium, which all keep vital organs functioning properly.
The chia seed is a rich source of Omega-3, and in fact has more Omega-3 than flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain and heart function, promote healthy skin and hair and may prevent and treat certain mild types of depression.
Q. How do I use chia seeds?
A. Sprinkle chia seeds onto salads, soups, yogurt, even into sandwiches and wraps.
Use chia in recipes that call for sesame or poppy seeds. Add to muffins, bread, cookies and cakes.
Chia absorbs 9-12 times its weight in water and can make a delicious tapioca-like pudding.
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