Chia–not just a catchy jingle

Remember Chia pets?  (“Cha-cha-chia!”) 

chia pet

They’ve somehow managed to stay in business over the years – perhaps because they make great white elephant gifts.  I mean, how could I pass this one up?

chia troll

It’s the Fremont Troll!!!!  I totally bought this for a holiday party.

Well, there’s another purpose of chia seeds that Micah and I learned about from our friends.  You can eat them.  Sure, it’s a seed, so it must be edible.  But I honestly never thought about eating them, nor possessed a desire to do so.

But we learned that chia seeds have been around for A LOOOONG time, and are incredibly healthy.  You just need to sprinkle a spoonful onto your food, or stir it up in some juice – and there you go.  They  are an excellent source of Omega-3 (apparently more so than salmon), as well as a slew of other benefits.  And they can be eaten in seed form rather than ground up like flax seed.

chia

When the chia seeds come in contact with a liquid, they start to form a funny “gel” like texture.  I’m not a huge fan of that, and they tend to get stuck in your teeth – but despite those drawbacks…I have been adding chia to my oatmeal in the mornings.  I figure, a little extra health punch will do me some good.  Cha-cha-chia!  Happy healthy eatings!

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