I have 20 reasons why you need to store organic chia seeds in your food storage today. I first heard about organic chia seeds when I taught a few classes at Honeyville Grain up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two employees, Lisa and Karen, introduced me to this superfood. I bought this bag, I think it weighed about 10 pounds, as I remember. It was a bit pricey, but before I left the store that day I looked up Chia on the internet. Oh, my goodness, where have I been? This is definitely a food storage item we should all store. Please make sure it is organic. I actually prefer this brand over any other brand because of where it is grown and harvested: Salba Smart Chia Seed
My daughter, Heidi, and I put chia seeds (we don’t care for the chia seed powder) in our drinking water every day. Yes, I carry around my water jug wherever I go. I have to laugh because one day I could see that some of the chia seeds had started sprouting in the lid. I had to get the tweezers to remove them.
Here’s the deal, you can add a tablespoon or more of organic chia seed to your pancake batter, muffin mix, salads, smoothies, or whenever you feel like adding some added nutrients to meals you prepare for your family.
Organic Chia Seeds:
1. Chia is a superfood for the 21st Century.
2. Chia is one of the richest known plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids in the world.
3. It provides more heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 benefits than salmon, flaxseed, or any other food.
4. Chia has an advantage over flax seeds since Chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.
5. Chia is easily absorbed, non-toxic, gluten-free, and non-allergenic.
6. Research suggests that Chia seeds may help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
7. Chia has double the antioxidants found in blueberries.
8. They have 6 times the calcium of milk.
9. Mix some with orange or any fruit juice, the gel-like seeds make a nutritious breakfast and can help control excess weight.
10. The vast Chia seed’s benefits include increased energy levels, improved digestion, and better complexion.
11. Chia seeds can also help tone your muscles, boost your mental sharpness, and allow you to sleep better at night.
12. They do not contain any trace of cholesterol, which makes them perfect supplements for people looking for food items that are heart-healthy.
13. Chia seeds do not need grinding and they do not rot like flax seeds.
14. One of the best things about organic Chia seeds is that they are suitable for men, women, and even children.
15. You can add them to your breakfast smoothies, muffins, scrambled eggs, salads, bread, and the list goes on and on.
16. They are nearly tasteless and will not affect the consistency of your food.
17. In Mexico and Central America, they add Chia seeds to a glass of water with sugar, lemon, or lime and they call it “Chia Fresca”.
18. Chia has a slight nutlike flavor.
19. Chia seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids.
20. One tablespoon of Chia seeds only contains about 50-70 calories.
Please remember, I am not a doctor or anyone in the medical field. Please do your own research to make sure this product works for you and your family. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.
Please check out this awesome website that has one of my favorite articles about chia seeds: 7 Major Health Benefits of Chia
People think I’m crazy because I have gallons and gallons of chia seeds. They will last forever, as long as you keep them from getting damp. I use them in just about everything… sprinkled on salads, in homemade crackers and bread, in smoothies, to make quick jams, for quick puddings, and the list goes on and on.
Here’s a simple pudding recipe:
2 cups milk of choice (any animal, nut, or coconut milk will work)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 Tsp flavoring extract of choice
2 Tbsp raw honey
Combine all ingredients. Mix well until it starts to thicken. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
Top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, coconut, cacao nibs, or anything else you fancy.
Add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder before mixing for chocolate pudding.
For gelatin, replace milk with the fruit juice of your choice.