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    anyone tried cooking/baking with chia seeds?

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    sounds like a good and cheap way to get omega3's in your diet.

    100 grams (3.5oz.) of Omega3 Chia is:

    a source of Magnesium equivalent to 53 ounces of Broccoli
    a source of Iron equivalent to 10 ounces of Spinach A source of Folate equivalent to 2 ounces of Asparagus
    a source of Fiber equivalent to 4 ounces of Bran
    a source of Calcium equivalent to 23 ounces of Milk
    a source of Potassium equivalent to 6 ounces of Bananas
    a source of Antioxidants equivalent to 10 ounces of Blueberries
    a source of Omega3 Fatty Acids equivalent to 28 ounces of Atlantic Salmon

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    I've made chia chocolate chip cookies before. They were pretty tasty!
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    I made muffins out of chia meal, eggs, and water the other day. Not bad at all.

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    My husband pours gelled chia seeds into his shakes.
    I use to use chia seeds to thicken sauces, and soups.

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    Never used it for cooking but synergy kambucha has a few chia seed infused drinks which are pretty tasty.

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    Thumbs up Ch Ch Ch CHIAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    How I adore this little seed. Whole, gelled, powdered... ahhh how I adore this little seed!

    MAKING CHIA GEL

    The best ratio for making chia gel is a 1:9 chia seed/water.

    In a covered bowl, add 1/3 cup chia seeds. To this, add 3 cups HOT water. Whisk (or cover and shake) well. Let it sit on the counter for 15 minutes then whisk (or shake) well again. Store, covered, in the fridge. I use an old 32 ounce Dannon yogurt container.

    The chia gel has pretty much no flavor but has a mouth feel of tapioca pudding. You can use it as a substitute for eggs, oil, butter, apple sauce, anything that would usually add moisture to a recipe. When used in a recipe it adds NO FLAVOR so no one would even know it was in there.

    FOR HEARTBURN/INDIGESTION

    Take 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and swallow with a SIP of water. Wait 5-10 minutes then drink 8 ounces of water. The chia seeds should absorb some of the acid in your stomach. Just MAKE SURE you drink water afterwards since the chia seeds will soak up all the acid in your tummy and you don't want that.

    FOR APPETITE SUPPRESSION

    Mix 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into a big glass of water and drink! The chia seeds will soak up the water and make you feel full.


    I tried Primal Krista's Primal Pudding recipe and it didn't work for me. I think the coconut milk needs to be warmed up first to *activate* the chia seeds. Oh it tastes like HEAVEN... but the seeds only soaked up half the liquid and they didn't gel up well. It's still kinda *crunchy*. I think I might warm it up in the microwave a minute and let it sit on the counter to see if it will turn more jelly.


    ENGLISH MUFFINS

    Dry Mix:

    1/2 c golden flax meal
    1/4 c almond flour
    1 scoop unflavored whey protein (or egg protein)
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 Tbs Parmesan

    Wet Mix:

    2 jumbo eggs or 1/2 cup Eggbeaters
    dollop chia gel (3-4 Tbs)
    1/2 cup light mozzarella shreds
    coconut milk as needed to make dough workable

    Mix wet into dry, let sit for 5 minutes. Fill a 6 space greased muffin TOP pan and bake 12-14 min at 350.


    CHIA JAM

    About 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, room temperature
    1T chia seeds

    Mash or blend the strawberries into a puree. Hand mix in the chia seeds. Let sit for 15-20 minutes then check. If it isn't thick enough add a bit more chia seeds and let sit another 10 minutes. You want a thick, gel like consistency. Store in the fridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primal Krista View Post
    Looks like this lady does several recipes with chia seeds (brownies).

    My favorite way to eat chia seeds are in this primal pudding (fast and yum!).
    Love the primal pudding - I've been making a pumpkin pie version for a while by adding a few spices - cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, and even a tbsp of pureed pumpkin. A few drops of vanilla stevia sweeten it perfectly. Yesterday, I added a handful of pork rinds to it and it was like pumpkin pie bread pudding. YUM!!

    I also use these little suckers in just about everything lately - meatloaf, tuna patties, anything into which I can toss them - and I'm having a hard time finding many things in which they don't work! My latest favorite thing. Very fun to play with, too.
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    thanks everyone! i'm going to go ahead and purchase some. will you guys direct me to your favorite online source?

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