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Anyone Try Out Chia Seeds?


#1

I recently learned from a non exercise related site that Chia Seeds (as in Chia Pets) are not only edible but actually healthy.

Does anyone have any experience with this stuff? I use ground flax seed but if Chia is easier to digest and/or tastes better (not a fan of Flax) I'd happily try it.


#2

Did you read this weeks articles?

http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article_issue/issue_627#5-foods-you-should-be-eating

As far as your question about taste...they really are flavorless. I put them in protein shakes and salsa.


#3

Nope haven't read this week's article yet. Oh the irony.


#4

I put a TBSP in my oatmeal every morning. Can't really tell they're there.

The wife puts them in her protein shakes.


#5

Food for thought: You can get ground chia seeds and ¡really! not tell they are there. I bought some sprouted ground seeds, although I'm pretty sure sprouting doesn't have much of an effect on chia's nutrient profile, but it can't hurt (I don't think anyway).


#6

It's funny that this week's articles mentioned them, I just finished Dr. Bowden's '150 healthiest foods', and he writes about them in there. Makes me consider using them instead of so many green veggies next time I cut. Already found some good deals online,.. $20 for a lb and a half, figure I can sprinkle 2 Tbsp into my oatmeal, get an additional 6g fiber, some complete protein, healthy fats, AND they'll expand in your gut to create more satiety.... works for me! -lol.

thechiaseed.com

S


#7

Check it out: Eat Cookies, Have Abs Anyway


#8

Wow, Chris, who knew you were so handy around the kitchen? -lol

http://articles.elitefts.com/articles/nutrition/nutritious-and-delicious-peanut-butter-cookies/

This was run on Dave Tate's site, and I was thinking of trying it out with a bit of Chocolate Metabolic Drive,... now I'm thinking maybe a few chia seeds thrown in? :smiley:

S


#9


I'm like Bobby Flay, without the moobs.

Chia seed bons-bons:

Leave out baking powders from above recipe, roll into balls, roll in unsweetened coconut (optional), freeze - don't cook, eat.

Same thing tastes even better with almond flour instead of chia flour, but both work.

More ideas over at the blog.


#10

$6.99 a pound
nutsonline.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/?gclid=CIKhrLSs1KACFQM3gwod2AVCsA


#11

Actually, I found another site (forgot it already even though I placed an order -lol), where I got 3 lbs for $20. Should arrive by the time I'm officially done with my contest diet, so I'll see what protein/chia laced goodies I can whip up in the kitchen (already broke out an old ice cream maker I haven't used in years! .... Metabolic Drive ice cream anyone?)

S


#12

I soak my chia seeds in water before eating them, if I recall they absorb 12x their mass in water so its an awesome way to stay hydrated if you don't have the convenience of carrying loads of water.


#13

Chia seed 'pudding' seems to be a popular recipe. Since I've never tried it, I can't recommend it or not. But if you already have the seeds, there are a lot of recipes out there.


#14

Hmm dont know if anyone wants to know this but in denmark Chia seeds have been banned because you can develop allergies from it.

they do however have acceptet 2 brands..


#15

Just ordered some off Amazon, 2 pounds for $10.


#16

WTF?

What's next, sunflower seeds?


#17

has anyone here come to a conclusion about whether or not salba or chia is the best? All the information online seems to come from a 'salba' specific website.

Be cool if Shugart has an opinion on this.


#18

Thanks, local store charges $16/lb


#19

That sounds weird. A lot of people are allergic to peanuts, doesn't mean we should stop selling them.


#20

Not sure what salba is, but why does it have to be one or the other? Walnuts are great because of high omega-3 content for a nut, doesn't mean we should only eat those and never almonds.