Saturday, February 7, 2009
How do you get your Omega 3's
Fish, flax, walnuts, or chia seeds??? Yes- like your chia Pet--- Chia seeds are said to have:
*2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
*5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones,
*2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
*3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
*3 times more iron than spinach
*copious amounts of omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential fatty acids
They are a complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids. They are also a fabulous source of soluble fibr. Chia is highly hydrophilic: the seeds absorb water and create a gel. They can hold 9-12 times their weight in water and they absorb it very rapidly.
Chia seeds typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. The oil from chia seeds contain a very high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acid - approx. 64%in the oil.
Chia has been called a dieter's dream food because when added to foods, it bulks them up, displacing calories and fat without diluting the flavour. Thus, someone can eat a typical serving, yet only consume about half the calories they might have eaten, because the food has been bulked up with chia. Chia's hydrophilic structure holds water, so when mixed with sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad, dressings, cream cheese, jellies and preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereal, dips, puddings, soups, etc., it displaces calories and fat! In addition to extending foods by 50% - 75% calories now needed in the economic times. Fat has been reduced without compromising flavor, with an ingredient that is 90% water.
How to eat you ask- Make into a gel (1/3 cup of seeds (2oz) to 2 cups of water store- Mix into other recipes. Or sprinkle onto salads ( my preference).
You can also spout to make your PET of choice....Scooby....
OR Chia Britney?
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